COVID-19 Testing for the UCSF Community

Updated Nov. 16, 2020

UCSF is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our employees, learners, patients and families. To achieve this, we offer the following symptomatic and asymptomatic testing to members of the UCSF community. Data related to COVID-19 testing and positive case at UCSF are available on the UCSF COVID-19 Dashboard.

Symptomatic Testing

Testing is available to any member of the UCSF community with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who may have been exposed to the virus while working or learning on-site. Employees seeking a COVID-19 test should contact Occupational Health Services (OHS) at 415-514-7328 or email [email protected]. Students should contact UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) at 415-476-8736 or send a secure message to the student health nurse.

If you’re asymptomatic or if you were not exposed to COVID-19 at UCSF, you should contact your health care provider to request a test. Many Bay Area cities and counties also offer free community testing, including:

Random Asymptomatic Testing

UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) has launched the COVID-19 random Asymptomatic Testing Program (ATP) program to help monitor and prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UCSF. Each week, a randomly selected group of faculty, staff and students who work or learn on-site will receive an email inviting them to register for voluntary asymptomatic testing by filling out a Qualtrics survey. Volunteers who enroll will receive a follow-up call from OHS to schedule a time to submit a self-administered nasal swab for testing at one of UCSF’s on-site screening locations at the Mission Bay, Parnassus Heights, or Mount Zion campuses. Random ATP supplements the universal testing already in place for on-site workers and learners who have COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus on site.

Testing After Travel Outside the Bay Area

All employees who work on-site should obtain a COVID-19 test if they travel anywhere outside the 9-county Bay Area. 

Employees whose responsibilities require them to be on-site – including, but not limited to, frontline care workers; facilities, transportation, custodial, and administrative staff; environment, health and safety; laboratory animal research center; and police and security personnel – may return to work without quarantine pending test results. UCSF research personnel who work on site, as well as employees who work remotely but sometimes work on site, should complete the test before returning to on-site work. See the full travel policy »

Check back here on/after Nov. 23 for information on where and how to obtain your free COVID-19 test. 

Self-Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, UCSF has enacted an enterprise-wide policy requiring all personnel working or learning at UCSF – including those at UCSF Fresno, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and those working remotely – who test or have tested positive for COVID-19 at a facility other than UCSF OHS (e.g., UCSF Primary Care, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, etc.), to self-report the positive COVID-19 test result to the appropriate UCSF department:

  • Employees and volunteers working at UCSF are required to self-report the positive test result to UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) by calling the COVID-19 hotline at (415) 514-7328 or emailing [email protected]. This policy applies whether working on property owned or leased by UCSF or working remotely (e.g., telecommuting), paid or unpaid.
  • UCSF students are required to report the positive test result to UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services by calling 415-476-8736 or sending a secure message to the student health nurse.
  • Non-UCSF people who provide services for UCSF on a contract basis (e.g., on-site vendors) are strongly encouraged, but not required, to disclose the results of a positive COVID-19 test to OHS.
  • Non-UCSF occupants of UCSF housing, such as partners and employees, are also strongly encouraged, but not required, to report a positive test result to UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) by emailing [email protected]edu.

Self-reporting a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will allow UCSF to provide individualized counseling on how best to manage the condition and prevent exposures to others, and to describe criteria and procedures for returning to campus when appropriate. For past cases, self-reporting will allow UCSF to help respond to reinfections, should they occur in the future.

UCSF honors the privacy of our community and confidentiality obligations. Personal medical information will be safeguarded and used only for limited, health-related purposes, including to perform contact tracing or other activities to address employee, student and patient safety as directed by UCSF OHS and Infection Prevention Services. This information will be maintained only in the appropriate health records, separate from employee personnel files or student records. Self-reporting to supervisors or advisors is not required.

This self-reporting policy will remain in effect until further notice. Questions about this policy can be addressed to OHS at [email protected].