COVID-19 Testing

Ongoing and Asymptomatic Testing Information

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 COVID-19 symptoms, contact Campus Health and Wellbeing (CHW) at 805-756-1211 to schedule an 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.

Campus Health and Wellbeing will continue to provide testing for  students  with COVID-19 symptoms.

 
  • 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.

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.

View Student Quarantine and Isolation Guide

Support for student absences due to COVID-19

If you are exposed to COVID-19

Students and employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 should follow this guidance.

Students

  • Students who are exposed to COVID-19 should test three to five days after exposure and wear a well-fitting mask for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings and when near those at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease, per guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Visit the Student Testing webpage for on-campus testing information.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.
  • If symptoms develop, students should test and stay home. If the test result is positive, students should follow isolation recommendations and upload their positive result to the Cal Poly Portal.
  • Symptomatic students must report in their Daily Screener and test at Campus Health and Wellbeing or their health care provider.
  • Persons infected within the prior 90 days and who do not have symptoms do not need to be tested or quarantined unless symptoms develop.
  • The following applies to asymptomatic student employees, regardless of vaccination status. Student employees who have had a close contact must test within three to five days after their last close contact. 
    • Student employees must wear face coverings around others for a total of 10 days after exposure.
    • If an exposed employee develops symptoms, they must be excluded pending the results of a test. If they test positive they must follow isolation requirements.
    • If an exposed employee who develops symptoms is unable to test or choosing not to test, they must be excluded until 10 days after the date of symptom onset.
  • Symptomatic student employees must be excluded from work and test as soon as possible. Call Campus Health and Wellbeing (CHW) at 805-756-1211 to schedule an appointment. Exclusion from work must continue until test results are obtained.
    • If the student employee is unable to test or choosing not to test, exclusion must continue for 10 days.
    • If the student employee tests negative and returns to work earlier than 10 days after the close contact, the employee must wear a face covering around others for 10 days following the close contact.
    • CDPH recommends continuing exclusion and retesting in 1-2 days if testing negative with an antigen test, particularly if tested during the first 1-2 days of symptoms.

Employees

  • The following applies to all asymptomatic employees, regardless of vaccination status, per updated Cal/OSHA guidelines: Employees who have had a close contact must test within three to five days after their last close contact. Persons infected within the prior 90 days do not need to be tested unless symptoms develop. 

    • Employees must wear face coverings around others for a total of 10 days after exposure.

    • If an exposed employee develops symptoms, they must be excluded pending the results of a test. If they test positive, they must follow isolation requirements.
    • If an exposed employee who develops symptoms is unable to test or choosing not to test, they must be excluded until 10 days after the date of symptom onset.
  • Symptomatic employees must be excluded from work and test as soon as possible with their local health care provider or testing site. Exclusion from work must continue until test results are obtained.
    • If the employee is unable to test or choosing not to test, exclusion must continue for 10 days.
    • If the employee tests negative and returns to work earlier than 10 days after the close contact, the employee must wear a face covering around others for 10 days following the close contact.
    • CDPH recommends continuing exclusion and retesting in 1-2 days if testing negative with an antigen test, particularly if tested during the first 1-2 days of symptoms.
    • For symptomatic employees who have tested positive within the previous 90 days, using an antigen test is preferred.

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

Locations
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.
Insurance
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.

 

Questions and Support

Please contact Campus Health and Wellbeing at health@calpoly.edu.

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