Student and Academic Life

COVID-19 Re-entry Testing Locations and Who Can Use Them

Drive up Covid testing | UK Photo
Drive up COVID testing is being provided on campus. | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2020) — Same as in the fall, the University of Kentucky will kick off the semester with required COVID-19 entry testing for all students who are physically coming to campus at any point during the semester and who have not tested positive in the 90 days leading up to Jan. 14 (on or following Oct. 16), per CDC guidance. The testing window is from Jan. 14-30.

Asymptomatic students must schedule their entry test through UK between Jan. 14-30. Locations are:

  • Blue Lot at Kroger Field (drive-thru); 
  • K-Lair, located in Haggin Hall on the central campus (walk-up); and 
  • Blue Box Theater in the Gatton Student Center (walk-up).

Tests will be PCR-nasopharyngeal nasal swabs — the same tests used in the fall — and will be provided at no cost.  

Symptomatic students should limit contact with other people and schedule a COVID-19 test or telehealth appointment with University Health Service.

Reminders for all students:

  • Make sure you bring your student ID with you to your scheduled testing.
  • All students should utilize the UK-affiliated sites only for entry testing. 
  • If you have tested positive at a non-UK site, you need to upload your testing documentation here.  
  • If you tested positive on or after Oct. 16, you are not required to participate in re-entry testing. 
  • If you have tested negative at a non-UK site, you are still required to test through UK between Jan. 14-30.  
  • If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, you are still required to complete an entry test, as, per the CDC, it takes time for the body to build immunity after vaccination. Those who receive the vaccine should also document this through the self-report tool.

For more information visit www.uky.edu/coronavirus/students/testing-screening-and-tracing.

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