COVID Testing and Tracing at Campus Health

COVID Testing at Campus Health

Prospective Evaluation Testing

Campus Health is offering voluntary testing every morning from 8:30 am - 11:30 am to on-campus residents without any COVID-19 symptoms as a way to preemptively identify cases or clusters in the residence halls. Testing every 5-9 days is recommended. We will also begin a voluntary testing program for off campus students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro area in the coming weeks and will provide more details for them soon. Visit to schedule prospective testing. This testing is for those students without symptoms, who have not been close contacts of positive cases, and those who have not tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days.

Testing for people with symptoms or who are close contacts

Campus Health provides COVID diagnostic testing for students, post-doctoral fellows and their eligible partners and spouses in the Student Testing Center. This is for close contacts and symptomatic students. Schedule an appointment by requesting an appointment through the Patient Portal or call 919-966-2281. This testing is typically covered by health insurance.


Those students arriving for COVID testing should enter at the Physical Therapy clinic door located on the side of the Campus Health building facing the Bell Tower Parking Deck. This means you’ll enter on the lowest level of Campus Health. Click for a Google Map to the testing center.


Time to receive results

Time to receive lab results can vary based on reference lab testing capacity and any shortage of testing supplies. Currently, test results are available in 1 - 2 business days. 

Negative results

If you test negative, you may still need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Self-quarantine may be recommended if you are in one of the areas that were identified as having clusters or if you have been otherwise exposed to the virus. A negative test means that you were not infected that day, but you could become positive up to 14 days after your last exposure risk. In other words, a negative test is not a free pass out of quarantine. You could still unknowingly pass COVID to others during those 14 days.

Positive results

Students who test positive must isolate until they meet criteria for ending isolation (i.e., 10 days from onset of symptoms or day of positive test, as well as no fever or symptoms for 24 hours). Campus Health will contact any positive student with isolation instructions. Those who reside on-campus will be instructed on relocation to dedicated isolation space on campus.

Close Contact Tracing by Campus Health

Campus Health, with guidance from the local Health Department, conducts close contact tracing when students and post-doctoral fellows test positive for COVID-19. Your name and information will not be shared and remains confidential.

Campus Health utilizes the following definition of a close contact:

Any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes where any person was not wearing a mask starting from 2 days before symptom onset for symptomatic individuals and 2 days prior to positive specimen collection for asymptomatic individuals.

This means that individuals who maintain at least 6 feet physical separation in a classroom or congregate setting while masked will typically not be considered a close contact.

Close contacts of a positive case are contacted by Campus Health and they are provided instructions on the need to quarantine for up to 14 days, provided self-monitoring instructions and they receive daily communications from Campus Health. Arrangements for support if needed during the quarantine period are coordinated with campus partners such as Housing, Dining and Dean of Students Office.