Screen and Test
Screen, Test & Protect

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UF Health is currently performing COVID-19 screening and testing on UF and UF Health Shands faculty, staff and students. UF faculty and staff who have been working remotely will be screened prior to returning to campus. Screening and testing will also be conducted for health care workers who are currently working in the UF Health system.

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

Have symptoms? Or just want to get tested because you are worried you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19? We have made scheduling testing easier and more straightforward. 

Students and employees should visit, open and fill out the short screening questionnaire and schedule a test. It’s that easy.

Locations will be available for next day or same-day testing until appointments fill. Results are emailed back to your UF email address within 24 to 48 hours. 

If your symptoms concern you and you think you need to see a doctor, just click the designated box on the questionnaire and you will be given instructions on how to be seen at the Student Health Care Center or, if you are a UF employee, through your primary care provider. 

If you have additional questions or need to reset your screening questionnaire, email if you are a student or if you are an employee.

Testing Locations

Gainesville Campus (Appointment Only)

Testing is available at the following locations:

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, at the UF Cultural Center Parking Lot (Garage #11).
  • At neighborhood testing locations around campus from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Available testing locations and times will be shown when you complete your screening survey.

The test takes five to 10 minutes to complete. Saliva testing will be performed at all testing locations to detect the presence of the virus. These are not antibody tests. UF Health caregivers conduct your test in a safe and secure environment.


UF Cultural Center Parking Lot

The lot is off of Hull Road, across the street from the Southwest Recreation Center.

UF Parking Garage 11

Neighborhood Testing Locations

Tuesday, October 27 3 – 6 p.m. O’Connell Center (Enter at Gate 1)
Wednesday, October 28 3 – 6 p.m. O’Connell Center (Enter at Gate 1)
Thursday, October 29 3 – 6 p.m. O’Connell Center (Enter at Gate 1)
Sunday, November 1 3 – 6 p.m. Broward/Newell Garage 4
Tuesday, November 3 8 – noon; 3 – 6 p.m. O’Connell Center (Enter at Gate 1)
Wednesday, November 4 3 – 6 p.m. O’Connell Center (Enter at Gate 1)
Thursday, November 5 3 – 6 p.m. O’Connell Center (Enter at Gate 1)
Sunday, November 8 3 – 6 p.m. Broward/Newell Garage 4

Other UF Locations in Florida

As Screen, Test & Protect plans are put into place for UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health Central Florida and other University of Florida locations around the state, we will provide information on how these processes will work at these locations.

Getting Your Results

Results are provided in 48 hours, with few exceptions.

A Negative Result

  • If your test result is negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected, and you will receive an email within 24 hours detailing your eligibility to return to a UF work location in accordance with your unit’s protocols.
  • You will be contacted by your work unit with information about when and where to return to the UF workplace.
  • This does not mean you will not get sick in the future. It only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Once back at work, please continue to follow the university’s and your unit’s COVID-19 physical distancing and masking protocols, as well as washing your hands frequently and staying home if you feel sick.

A Positive Result

If your test result is positive and you have been working remotely, stay at home, away from others, and contact your personal health care provider for further instructions. You may continue working remotely if you feel well. If you have been working at a UF work location and test positive, you will need to stay home, away from others, and must contact your personal health care provider. In either case, please do not return to work until you have met the requirements of the quarantine and return-to-workplace protocols provided by HR and/or your supervisor. You may also be contacted by staff from the State of Florida Department of Health to help reduce the risk of spread to others in our community.

If you are a student and test positive, please follow the guidelines for isolation and self-quarantine for on-campus and off-campus situations.

Call Your Personal Physician About A Positive Test Result 

You will receive a copy of your test result and will be responsible for communicating the result to your personal health care provider and for arranging any clinical follow-up care that might be indicated by the testing result. UF’s return-to-workplace initiative and UF Health Screen, Test & Protect are not responsible for the subsequent clinical care of individuals tested by the program, including the clinical care of individuals who may be found to have a positive test for COVID-19.

Students, faculty or staff who test positive for coronavirus will be interviewed by State of Florida Department of Health personnel trained in epidemiology or public health to identify as many of their recent contacts as possible. Those contacts will include immediate family members, roommates, boyfriends or girlfriends, acquaintances, service workers and anyone else you have interacted closely with. They also will be asked to self-quarantine.

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