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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Symptoms

For emergent COVID-19 symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, please seek immediate medical attention. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department and notify them you tested positive for Covid-19.

If you have symptoms: isolate, wear a mask, and have a friend or roommate pick up a Rapid Antigen Test for you, or contact your healthcare provider to order a lab test. If the test is positive view the Positive Test Instructions. If the test is negative, continue to mask and test again in 24-48 hours. For questions or concerns, call the Nurse Advice Line at (209)-228-2273.

Possible symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When should I test for COVID-19?

  1. If you have any symptoms.
  2. You have been exposed to COVID-19, wait at least 5 full days after exposure

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing

Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATS) will continue to be available for all students & staff at the Student Health Center.

Other Rapid Antigen Test Distribution Sites on Campus

PCR Testing is available at a variety of locations in Merced County

Ongoing (surveillance) testing is no longer required for students regardless of vaccination status.

Accessibility: For accessibility-related assistance, please make an appointment with the Student Health Center by calling (209)-228-2273. We will assist you with the process. Please contact Student Health Services with any questions about COVID-19 testing. Go to Health Portal -> Messages -> New Messages -> I want to send a messge to the nurse.