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Some students may have erroneously received a bill for recent COVID-19 testing at UHS. UHS is looking into how this happened. As a reminder, while bills may be submitted to insurance, UHS is covering all out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing for students.

Please contact the UHS Billing Office if you have received a bill for a COVID test (734-764-7380, uhs-busbill@med.umich.edu).

How to get tested:

Mandatory Weekly Testing for Unvaccinated Students

If you have no symptoms or exposure, follow instructions at Mandatory Testing for Students.

If you have symptoms or exposure, test at UHS. See instructions below on this page. Your test result will be recorded for mandatory testing and your ResponsiBLUE app will be updated. 

See also ResponsiBLUE and Mandatory Testing FAQs or email COVID19TestingCompliance@umich.edu

I just want a test

  • I have no symptoms and no exposure (test for travel or pre-procedure). Options for testing include:
  • I have had an exposure and/or mild symptoms (runny nose, congestion, sore throat, and/or mild cough)
    • Options for testing at UHS include:
      • Schedule an appointment on Patient Portal (recommended)
      • Call UHS at 734-764-8320

*Please call UHS for a clinician appointment (734-764-8320) if you have any of the following: chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, diarrhea, or concerns for mononucleosis or pneumonia.

I think I need to see a provider for an office visit and also get a test

For those with moderate or urgent symptoms. This would be appropriate if you have symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, diarrhea, mononucleosis, or pneumonia.

  • To schedule, call UHS at 734-764-8320 
  • Also, Nurse Advice is available day or night

In case of emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.

For urgent concerns when UHS is closed, you may wish to:

For other local test sites, see Washtenaw County list.


FAQs about testing:

Who can be tested through UHS?

The following groups are eligible to use UHS clinical services, including testing for COVID-19 infection:

  • U-M students
  • Established UHS patients
  • Others who are eligible for our services -- see Who Can Use UHS?

Who should get tested? Those with symptoms or close contact exposures

COVID-19 Testing Scenarios

Testing is recommended if you have symptoms (not all symptoms are listed).

Testing is not recommended if you've had an exposure. Testing after an exposure is not necessary if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 outside your living environment:

  • Self-monitor symptoms for 10 days
  • Wear a mask in situations with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.
  • If symptoms develop, get tested at UHS. If positive, isolate and follow guidance.

If your exposure was from a contact in your living environment:

  • Wear a mask when around others for 10 days following your exposure.
  • Get tested at UHS 3-7 days after exposure, or immediately if symptoms develop.
  • Most students* may continue to attend work, class and remain in the residence hall. (*Pre-health students have additional guidance to consider.)
  • If symptoms develop, get tested at UHS. If positive, isolate and follow guidance.

Close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, which is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes), starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated (source: CDC)

I did a home antigen test. What do I do now? What does it mean?

I had COVID in the past. Should I get tested again?

  • In accordance with CDC guidelines, those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days SHOULD NOT have repeat testing during that time. If you are sick and worried about your symptoms, please call UHS at 734-764-8320 to discuss your symptoms and next steps.
  • If you have had COVID-19 greater than 90 days ago and have had symptoms or exposure, you can have testing as described above

How can I get tested while in quarantine?

Students in quarantine can be tested 5-7 days after your exposure. By request, a test kit can be delivered to you if you are eligible. To request a kit, please speak to your contact tracer at (734) 647-0001 or call UHS (734-764-8320).   

Can I get tested to meet a requirement e.g. for travel?

Testing is available to meet requirements such as:

  • Travel requirement -- See COVID-19 Testing for International Travelers
  • Public health or university requirement
  • Employment / occupational requirement
  • Pre-procedure requirement e.g. prior to medical or dental procedure
  • Program requirement e.g. academic program

I tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of travel, what do I need to do to travel abroad?

Students who have had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days may receive a "False Positive" COVID-19 result if testing again before travel. For destinations with an entry requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result, students should research if they may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (e.g. your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before your travel date, a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official explaining your recovery, etc.).

For students scheduling an appointment with UHS for a COVID-19 test, UHS may provide you with a letter stating that you have recently had COVID-19 and are unable to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

Students should verify with the consulate of the destination country and airline if the documentation prepared meets entry requirements, if additional steps must be taken, or if travel must be delayed until entry requirements can be met. The COVID-19 Country Specific Information page of the U.S. embassy in your destination provides an overview of entry and exit requirements and typically provides direct links to the host destination's entry requirement website.

Students returning to the U.S. should review CDC guidelines that outline requirements for those who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

How can I collect my sample with a deep nasal swab?

You may be asked to collect your sample using a deep nasal swab. Please review this video to learn how you to perform this collection.

When will I get my test result?

Results are typically available within 24-48 hours.

What if I am immunocompromised?

  • Immunocompromised individuals may be required to isolate for a longer period of time. 
  • Some immunocompromised individuals may be eligible for Monoclonal Antibody therapy or oral medications if they test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms. The guidelines change regularly. If you have COVID-19 with symptoms and feel you may be a candidate for treatment for COVID-19, please call UHS at 734-764-8320 to discuss further.

Where are UHS testing locations?

Testing is by appointment only.

  • Schedule an appointment on Patient Portal (recommended) or call UHS at 734-764-8320
  • UHS is located on Central Campus at 207 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor

What are fees and insurance for testing?

  • For currently enrolled students and UHS Prepaid members, you will have no out-of-pocket costs. Your insurance will be billed for COVID-19 testing and any remaining balance will be covered by UHS.
  • For questions, please contact the Patient Billing Office

Is antibody testing available?

Yes, antibody testing to detect past infection is available through UHS. See Past COVID-19 Infection.

How can I share a test result from elsewhere?

Where are other test sites?

You can find other test sites:

What should I do if I develop symptoms during quarantine?

Isolate yourself from others and schedule a COVID-19 test through your patient portal or by calling UHS 734-764-8320.

More information

See:

Students, here is all-in-one guidance for what to do, depending on where you live, for:

  • Symptoms of COVID-19
  • A positive test result
  • Close contact with someone with COVID-19
  • Concern about a possible exposure

For Students Living in On-Campus Housing (PDF)

For Students Living in Off-Campus Housing(PDF)