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COVID-19 Testing Information for UK Employees

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Mask being provided to UK students and employees. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2020) As University of Kentucky faculty and staff return to on-site operations for the fall semester, more information about COVID-19 testing for employees is now available.

All UK employees should monitor their health. If you are not feeling well, it is important to stay home and consult with your health care provider, just as you would with any health concern.

UK HealthCare will continue its employee testing it has had in place since the beginning of the COVID-19 response in March.

Completing a COVID-19 test is not required for returning to on-site work, at the recommendation of our team of UK HealthCare providers and other clinical and research leaders at UK. However, if you would like to complete a test, you can contact your personal health care provider for guidance or select one of the free state testing sites. Some health insurance plans, including UK health insurance plans, do not cover all costs of a COVID-19 test unless it is deemed medically necessary (you are symptomatic or a test is ordered by a health care provider, for example).

For more information or if these testing options don’t meet your needs, contact UK Health Corps for additional information and testing resources. UK Health Corps is serving as the support hub for accessing services, information and referrals related to COVID-19 for main campus students, faculty and staff this fall semester. It can be reached at 859-218-SAFE or

If you complete the campus daily wellness check (more information will be available on this soon) and are identified as symptomatic for COVID-19, or if you are identified by a contact tracer, you may be advised to be tested. In that event, you can contact your personal health care provider to receive a test. University Health Service and Wild Health, which will provide testing affiliated with the UK Health Corps, will make on-campus testing for employees available soon.

If you receive a test, we encourage you to share the results with UK Health Corps. Doing so helps with contact tracing. Any positive test is reported to local health departments, which will be in touch with UK about those results.

Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should not return to on-site work until being cleared by a public health official.

For additional questions related to testing, screening and support contact the UK Health Corps team at 859-218-SAFE(7233) or

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.