Summer and Fall 2021 Guide to Campus Operations

COVID-19 Testing

Please note that the information on this page is updated as new information is available, and as CDC, state and local public health guidance changes. For the latest information, please check back regularly.

Summer COVID-19 Testing for Students:

Testing will be available for students this summer at Student Health Service

You can also visit NCDHHS’ Find My Testing Place page to find no-cost community testing events or testing sites in North Carolina.

You should be tested if:

  • You believe you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you have no symptoms and you are at higher risk for severe illness (you are 65 or older, you have an underlying health condition or chronic condition), or have been in close contact with someone who is known to have a positive result.
  • If you are someone working in a frontline role or essential business where social distancing is hard to maintain.
  • If you are a first responder, law enforcement officer, fire department staff member, or healthcare staff member, please reach out if you would like to be tested.
  • If you live in or work in a facility where social distancing is hard to maintain, like congregate living, healthcare facilities or home care.

What is the difference between a PCR and antigen test?

PCR (molecular) and antigen (rapid) tests are both used to diagnose whether someone is currently infected with COVID-19. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), each test looks for something different to determine if someone is infected: a PCR test looks for the virus’s genetic material, while an antigen test looks for specific proteins on the surface of the virus. PCR tests are processed in a laboratory, which can take a few days; antigen tests are often processed at the point of care, such as in a health care provider’s office, in about 15 minutes.

Read NCDHHS’s guidance on antigen testing released Dec. 10, 2020.

Testing locations:

Faculty, staff and students - and their family members - can be tested by AppHealthCare Monday-Friday.

  • For a list of testing locations in Watauga County, click here.
  • For a list of testing locations in Ashe County, click here.
  • For a list of testing locations in Alleghany County, click here.

Student Health Services  also provides screening and testing for students.

NCDHHS offers a list of no-cost community testing events across North Carolina

Most COVID-19 testing requires pre-screening and an appointment. Please do not show up at a health care provider location without calling in advance. This will help your provider prepare should you need to be tested and lessen the potential exposure to others.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) offers additional tools to help you determine whether you should be tested and find testing sites:

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