Continuity in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

Upcoming Drive-up/Walk-up Testing Events:

Free COVID-19 testing for current
App State students, faculty and staff is available:
Each Wednesday and Saturday during the Spring 2021 semester
Noon - 5 p.m.
Legends parking lot at 190 Hardin Street.

Testing dates and locations are subject to change, particularly during winter months. Please check this page regularly for the latest testing schedule information.

Both walk-up and drive-up testing will be available. No appointments required; however, you will be asked for your Banner ID and to show your AppCard.
Note: Lines tend to be shorter between 3 - 5 p.m.

If you drive-up, you will remain in your vehicle and a technician will conduct your test there.

Text "MAKO" to 66349 or visit https://mako.luminatehealth.com to track your test results.

Please note that MAKO Medical, which is conducting App State’s COVID-19 testing, uses PCR (molecular) tests.

For additional testing locations and information, please see below.

App State students who are concerned about symptoms over winter break should follow instructions provided on the Student Health Service website. Faculty and staff can contact AppHealthCare at 828-795-1970.

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:

In addition to App State’s regular walk-up/drive up testing events:

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:

Required entry testing for students living in residence halls

Beginning January, 2021, App State is requiring all students living in residence halls to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to move-in. Periodically throughout the semester, the university will require students living in residence halls to have additional COVID-19 tests. Read more about required testing for students living in residence halls in spring 2021.

Periodically throughout the semester, the university will require students living in residence halls to have additional COVID-19 tests. Students will be notified about dates/times in advance and the cost for these tests will be covered by the university.

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