UHS offers convenient testing for COVID-19
Who can be tested through UHS?
The following groups are eligible to use UHS clinical services:
- U-M students
- Established UHS patients
- Others who are eligible for our services -- see Who Can Use UHS?
We are currently testing individuals with 1 or more of the following symptoms:
- Fever, chills, or rigors (shaking)
- Shortness of breath
- Body aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Loss of taste or smell
Other less common symptoms include nausea and vomiting. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call UHS for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you that are not listed here.
We are also testing individuals without symptoms in specific circumstances, which include:
- Close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Close contact is defined as follows:
- Being less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or more
- If you were coughed or sneezed on
- Hugging or kissing
- Sharing of utensils or drinking glasses
- Roommate, intimate partner, or caregiver
You are considered exposed if you were in close contact (within 6 feet, 15+ minutes) with a person with COVID-19 up to 2 days before:
- The person with COVID-19 was diagnosed OR
- The person with COVID-19 started having symptoms
- Testing is required prior to medical or dental procedure or surgery
- Working in professions that may place one at high risk for exposure to COVID-19
- The Health Department recommends testing
How to get tested:
The first step is an assessment, which can be done anytime online (see button below) or by phone during UHS open hours.
After you’ve completed your initial assessment, your information will be forwarded to our team. They will determine the BEST way to meet your testing needs and facilitate scheduling your appointment.
What does the assessment ask? Feel free to start the assessment. We won’t receive it until you click submit.
When will I receive a response to your assessment? In general, if you submit your questionnaire Monday - Friday before noon, you will hear back the same day. On weekends, in general, you will hear back within 24 hours and no later than next business day.
How will I receive a response from the online assessment? Depending on our advice, you'll get a response via:
- Your patient portal account, if you have one
- Phone (keep your phone on and make sure voicemail is set up and not full)
Begin the testing process:
If you have mild symptoms, you may use the Online Assessment (see blue button below), which requires U-M login. If you do not have a U-M login, you may call (see next paragraph).
For symptoms that may be urgent, call UHS at 734-764-8320, day or night, and discuss your symptoms with a nurse directly.
For emergencies (e.g. difficulty breathing), call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
Alternatively, you can call 734-764-8320 to speak to one of our nurses.
When will I get my test result?
Results are typically available within two days.
UHS testing locations:
Testing is performed after assessment and by appointment, in two locations:
- At the Power Center, Lobby entrance
- At UHS
While you wait to be tested, or wait for test results:
Students, the advice below, and these guides can help you learn what to do:
- Stay home until you are able to be evaluated (quarantine)
- Monitor your temperature twice daily
- Watch for symptoms of infection (see list above)
- When around others, maintain social distance (at least 6 ft) and wear a mask at all times
- Contact UHS testing (see process above)
I was around someone who has COVID-19, then I tested negative. Do I still need to quarantine? Yes, it's recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure, because tests can be inaccurate in the early stages of infection. By self-quarantining for 14 days, you can lower the risk of exposing and infecting others.
What's the difference between quarantine and isolation? See COVID-19: Quarantine vs. Isolation (PDF).