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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing for Fall 2021 Pre-arrival / Before the First Day of Class

Testing Update

The deadline to upload test results has been extended to Friday, August 27.

Please read through all of the questions below. If you have a question that is not answered, email testing@uhs.utexas.edu.

The decision was made based on the rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and shortages in ICU capacity across the state of Texas and the city of Austin, and following the analysis of our university’s public health experts. These experts recommend testing to help protect the UT Austin community by identifying and preventing new cases from being introduced to campus. Testing prior to arrival in Austin will allow individuals who are positive to isolate in their hometowns with support of family.

Yes. If you have tested and you are awaiting results, please upload them upon receipt. If you have not yet tested and have not been able to find a test, please make every effort to get tested in the coming days through the Proactive Community Testing program. You can still attend class during this time—please remember that the university recommends masking indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

    The deadline to upload test results has been extended to Friday, August 27.

  • If you do not currently reside in Austin, the COVID-19 test must be within 72 hours (3 days) prior to arriving in Austin. To receive a COVID-19 antigen or a nucleic acid amplification test, contact your healthcare provider and also most local pharmacies and urgent care facilities offer this type of testing. The Austin Public Health website offers resources, which will help you to locate and schedule one of these tests.
  • If you currently reside in Austin and will be moving into a different residence, such as an apartment or off-campus residence hall for the fall semester, the test must be done in the local community within 72 hours (3 days) prior to moving into your new residence.
  • If you already live in the same residence where you will live for the semester, test within 72 hours (3 days) prior to the first day of class, Aug. 25.

Select the date

  • You will be moving to or within the Austin area for the Fall 2021 semester
  • Of your first day of classes for the Fall 2021 semester if you are already living in your residence for the fall.

Click the button below to see when you should receive your asymptomatic COVID-19 test.

In this specific case, an antigen test is recommended over PCR tests. PCR tests can detect past infections after you have fully recovered and are no longer infectious, resulting in a false positive. A prior positive test result is not acceptable as proof of immunity. Antibody (serology) tests for COVID-19 antibodies (e.g., IgG, IgM) will not be accepted.

  • If you received your COVID-19 test through PCT, you do not need to upload the results to your MyUHS portal. The results are automatically uploaded.
  • Log into your myUHS portal on the University Health Services website, healthyhorns.utexas.edu, using your EID and password.
  • Click “Enter My COVID-19 Test Results” at the top of the home screen.
  • Upload an attachment (PDF, JPG, PNG) documenting test results.
  • Click “Done”
  • You will also have the opportunity to upload your COVID-19 vaccine record to the UHS portal at the same time out of convenience.

No. Students residing in university owned housing should follow the process outlined in the email sent from University Housing and Dining. You will still be required to show proof of a negative test at check-in as University Housing and Dining cannot access your medical records at University Health Services due to privacy laws.

Your proof of test must state the type of test, the name of the entity issuing the test (lab or healthcare entity), your name, the date that the specimen was collected, and the results. At-home, over-the-counter tests results must be accompanied by a report from the observing provider confirming your identity, the name of the laboratory or healthcare entity, the type of test, and the specimen collection date.

Self-collection kits (at-home tests) can only be used if the testing procedure includes a (non-UHS) telehealth video call during which someone authorized by the manufacturer supervises the testing procedure, and the telehealth provider must issue a report confirming your identity, the name of the laboratory or healthcare entity, the type of test, and the specimen collection date. UHS cannot provide telehealth visits for this purpose. A picture of a test kit is not considered sufficient to constitute a report.

If you test positive, you should isolate at home. Contact the Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL) to report your positive result. BCCAL can also assist you with isolation options, class absence notification or other support.

Yes. Being fully vaccinated does not exempt you from testing due to the possibility of breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals. Vaccinated individuals infected with Delta variant of COVID-19 are able to spread the virus to others.

Yes. Due to the possibility of reinfection, individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are not exempt from testing. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, it is recommended that you test using an antigen test. PCR tests can detect past infections after you have fully recovered and are no longer infectious, resulting in a false positive.

The provision of false or misleading information regarding COVID-19 test results constitutes a violation of Institutional Rules sections 11-404(a)(16)(a)(b) - Providing False and Misleading Information and 11-404(a)(3) - Harmful Behavior and may result in referral to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students for investigation and possible disciplinary proceedings.

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