Campus Health has a new method of testing for COVID-19 that is free and voluntary for all students — whether living on or off-campus.
The saliva-based test, which is administered in the Carolina Union Gallery Area in the Student Union, uses saliva samples instead of the nasal-swab testing method.
Testing is available five days a week, Monday through Friday, with no cost to students and free parking. Tests are processed and reported by the Radeas Lab of Wake Forest, the same lab the University has previously used.
Students should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum for 30 minutes before the test.
Students who remain in the area are asked to get tested every five to nine days, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Amy Johnson said in an email to students.
Ken Pittman, the executive director of Campus Health, said the change to the new method of testing was part of a drive to increase the number of tests the University could give to the remaining students in the Chapel Hill area.
Pittman said it takes two to three days to get results.
“Our desire is to increase the utilization of prospective testing by all students — both those in residence halls and off campus,” Pittman said.
Pittman said Campus Health averaged 14 tests per day between Sept. 9 and 27. But, after the new test was implemented, that figure rose dramatically.