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Updated 01/22/2021

Emory is committed to creating a welcoming and safe environment for our newest university students and those students who will be returning to campus. COVID-19 testing will be required for all students who plan to be on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Off-campus students accessing campus (undergraduate, graduate students, and professional schools' students): If you are living off campus, but plan to access campus during the spring term, you are required to be screened for COVID-19 and complete the full onboarding process. Click here to schedule your on-campus appointment.

The week of November 16, Emory transitioned from a rapid antigen nasal swab to a saliva-based collection platform. This new testing platform is highly sensitive, provides increased testing capacity for the Emory community, and employs a significantly more comfortable collection methodology. Read more about student testing.

Please visit the University Student Onboarding page for further information related to COVID-19 Testing.

If you have trouble accessing the testing registration page, contact RTC-studentcovidtesting@emory.edu.

Prioritizing Safety

Emory has partnered with Peachtree Immediate Care[1] to perform return-to-campus COVID-19 testing.  Peachtree will conduct the rapid antigen test. Results are processed onsite while you wait. 

Testing site staff will wear required personal protective gear and practice safe medical protocols consistent with public health and CDC guidelines for this type of testing. Face coverings/masks are required to enter any of the testing locations.  

Testing Timeframe

Plan for your testing visit to be 60 minutes or less. However, during high volume testing periods, processing time may be longer. Additionally, unexpected delays may occur (e.g., inclement weather, health emergencies, etc.). We appreciate your support and patience with this very important return-to-campus testing process.

Required Forms for Testing

All students are required to print, complete, and sign a HIPAA Authorization form and a Consent Treatment form prior to testing. Please print, sign and bring these items with you.   (If patient (student) is under 18 years old, the HIPAA Authorization form must be signed by the patient’s parent or legal guardian on behalf of the patient.) 

Testing Sites and Procedures

Emory is providing three types of COVID-19 testing this spring: onboarding testing (onboarding and point-in-time), screening testing (asymptomatic community screening), and diagnostic testing (for those symptomatic or exposed). Testing will require everyone to wear a face covering/ mask in compliance with the university face covering policy.

Learn about saliva testing

Note to all students:  If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the 14 days prior to your planned arrival to campus, please stay home and access care through the  Student Health Portal. Send a message to the COVID-19 Assessment Provider who will call you with further instructions between 9am – 4pm. After hours, call 404-727-7551 and press “0” for further assessment and instructions. 

COVID-19 Test Results

If You Have a Negative COVID-19 Test Result: You will receive a text message from Peachtree Immediate Care indicating you may now leave the testing area.

Note: If COVID-19 symptoms are present, Peachtree Immediate Care will administer a second test (PCR). If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the 14 days prior to your planned arrival to campus, please stay home and access care through the  Student Health Portal. Send a message to the COVID-19 Assessment Provider who will call you with further instructions between 9am – 4pm. After hours, call 404-727-7551 and press “0” for further assessment and instructions.

If You Have a Positive COVID-19 Test Result: A representative from Peachtree Immediate Care will provide you with discharge paperwork containing guidance on next steps.

  • Residential students will receive information regarding transitioning to temporary isolation housing at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel.
  • Non-residential students will receive information regarding isolation in their off-campus residences.

 

Important Note:

It is very important, particularly during a pandemic that all students are immunized against vaccine preventable diseases. If you have not done so, please upload your immunization documents and submit your vaccination dates into the student health patient portal. Immunization compliance is a requirement for return-to-campus activities. If you are noncompliant upon arriving on campus, you will be directed to Student Health Services for an immunization assessment prior to housing check in. Immunization that require a series of vaccinations can be completed after arrival.

Please visit the Student Health Services website for further information related to COVID-19 Testing.


[1] Peachtree Immediate Care is a member of the Emory Healthcare Network- a clinically integrated network of Emory-employed and private-practice physicians who work together to create a single comprehensive care management system.