COVID-19 Testing

If you are experiencing any of the following severe COVID-19 symptoms, please go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

  • Unusual shortness of breath, unable to catch your breath or speak a full sentence
  • Blue lips or face
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Severe dizziness or lightheadedness

Symptomatic Testing Information

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, contact Campus Health and Wellbeing (CHW) at 805-756-1211 to schedule a telehealth appointment. For the health and well-being of others, please call first before visiting the campus health center.

If you need any type of disability accommodation, including (but not limited to) physical access, deaf/hard of hearing services or adapted materials, contact the Disability Resource Center between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 805-756-1395 in advance of your participation or visit.

Over summer 2021, Campus Health and Wellbeing will continue to provide testing for students with symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

  • Feeling feverish or chilled
  • Cough that is new or worsening
  • Recent decrease in sense of smell or taste
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • New or unusual fatigue
  • New or unusual headache

Exposure is defined as being in close contact with someone at a distance of less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer, including:

  • Someone who has COVID-19 and is exhibiting symptoms
  • Someone who has no symptoms (asymptomatic) but is confirmed by laboratory testing to be COVID-19 positive

If you are instructed to visit the campus health center, please remember to wear a face covering, stay at least 6 feet apart from others, and wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

Ongoing and Asymptomatic Testing Information

Cal Poly's Ongoing Testing Program offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing has closed for the summer. For more information on the program visit:

Off-Campus Testing Resources

Outside of San Luis Obispo County

If you live outside of the area, please contact your family healthcare provider to determine the testing options available to you.

In addition, you may also have access to testing through a local urgent care facility, pharmacy, or community testing sites in your area. Testing varies from county to county. Check with your local community testing site to see if they offer asymptomatic testing. In addition, verify the average turnaround time for receiving test results, as laboratory processing and reporting times vary greatly.

In San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County has several testing locations available. The closest public testing site to Cal Poly is the San Luis Obispo Veteran's Hall.
If you have insurance, please have your insurance card available when you register at the county testing sites. You will not be charged a co-pay, but your insurance will be charged. If you don't have insurance, you won't be charged if you choose to use one of the public testing locations in San Luis Obispo County. Testing may not be free at urgent care centers or primary care physicians.
Please note
Appointments are available and walk-ups are welcome at the county testing sites. Check the website for current hours and to register for an appointment.
Out-of-state students: Use your Cal Poly mailing address when registering for an appointment. If you don't have a local mailing address yet, use 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407.

Self-testing kits

If you need to be tested for COVID-19 and can’t get tested by a healthcare provider, you can consider using either a self-collection kit or a self-test that can be performed at home or anywhere else. These self-collection kits and tests are available either by prescription or over the counter, without a prescription, in a pharmacy or retail store. Currently available self-collection kits and tests are used for the detection of current infection. Visit the CDC Self-Testing webpage for more information.


If you test positive

Cal Poly is here to support students who have received a positive COVID-19 test, who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms or has the virus. Visit this support guide for guidance if you are directed to isolate or quarantine.

View Student Quarantine and Isolation Guide

Questions and Support

Please contact Campus Health and Wellbeing at

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