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SURVEILLANCE TESTING

UCSB CAN NOT guarantee a 72 hour turnaround time

*Food Donations accepted at both COVID-19 testing sites*

Please bring your shelf stable, unopened food that has not expired AND hygiene products when you come for a test.

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STUDENTS:

How to make your appointment:

  • Sign into the Patient portal with your Net ID and password
  • Click "schedule an appointment"
  • Choose "COVID-19 Services" click continue
  • Choose "Schedule my required weekly COVID-19 testing, click continue
  • Read the notice and click continue
  • Choose your appointment date range and location and search for appointments
  • Select your day and time
  • Choose "schedule
  • Read the COVID Notify app and choose either "yes" or "no" according to your circumstances
  • Click "submit final"

EMPLOYEES:

How to make a COVID-19 testing appointment:

  • Sign into the Patient portal with your Net ID and password
  • Click "schedule an appointment"
  • Choose "employee COVID-19 testing" click continue
  • Read the notice, click continue
  • Enter your current phone number
  • Choose your appointment date range and location
  • Choose "schedule"
  • Read another notice and click "schedule"
  • Read the COVID Notify app and choose either "yes" or "no" according to your circumstances
  • Click "submit final"
 

Types of tests:

All testing utilized by UCSB are Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests

Saliva tests are not currently available. We anticipate reinstating them in the fall.

Nasal Swabs:

1. iAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) uses an isothermal amplification process with a strand-displacing polymerase to promote rapid amplification and quantitative fluorescence detection of viral RNA. The test used at UCSB was developed by Atila Biosystems and is performed on campus in the Student Health Service CLIA-certified Laboratory Annex using the Atila iAMP COVID-19 RNA Detection Kit.

Results generally return in 1-2 days.

Saliva Samples:

1. SWAB-SEQ testing is performed at a CLIA-certified lab on the UCLA campus. The method was developed by the UCLA Computational Medicine Department using state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technology.  A unique molecular “bar code” is added to each patient’s sample during amplification. A very large number of samples are then combined and analyzed in a DNA sequencer and the bar codes allow for determination of the presence or absence of SARS CoV-2 viral RNA in each original patient sample.

Results generally return within 2 days.

2. The ACT (Aptitude COVID-19 Test) assay is performed at Aptitude Clinical Diagnostics, a CLIA-certified laboratory in Goleta. This test is a reverse transcription and loop-mediated amplification (RT-LAMP) test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in saliva specimens collected without preservatives in a sterile container. This test detects fragment of the Nucleocapsid (“N”) gene of SARS-CoV-2. This test also detects the human RNase P gene (“RP”), which serves as an internal process control for the handling and processing of the clinical sample in the absence of a positive SARS-CoV-2 result.

Results generally return within 2 days.

Please note the limitations of COVID-19 Tests:

  • The test only reflects your status at the moment the specimen was collected;
  • You may not develop a positive test for up to 14 days after exposure; most new cases show positive results from 2-11 days after exposure, but it can take 14 days or more to turn positive;
  • After an exposure and without symptoms, the ideal time to test is 5-8 days after exposure, but it is recommended you wait at least 2 days before testing to avoid a misleading negative result that might later turn positive;
  • All laboratory results are subject to potential errors from a variety of factors, so please consult with your healthcare provider if the result seems surprising or does not match your situation