Important Information on COVID-19 Testing

Helpful updates and reminders from Emmons Wellness Center and an overview of the COVID-19 testing protocol at Oxy.

Dear Oxy community,

Here is an overview on COVID-19 testing at Oxy, including some new updates and reminders. I am hopeful that this will clear up the who, what, where, when and how questions that often come up around testing.

Routine Salivary Testing:
  • Routine testing occurs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am-3pm in the second floor of AGC.
  • Wednesday make-up tests are offered at Emmons from 9am-11am.
  • Saturday make-up tests are offered at Emmons from 11am-12pm.
  • Everyone working, living, or visiting campus must complete two tests a week, 3 days apart. Individuals can sign up for testing on a Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday schedule.
  • If you miss your test for any reason other than furlough, vacation or out sick, you must make up your test the following day during that day's testing hours.
  • Repeatedly missing testing or failing to get your make-up test may result in a loss of access to campus.
For the salivary test:
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke at least one hour before the test. 
  • For many people, one hour is not enough. We recommend brushing your teeth and gargling and then waiting one to one and a half hours for testing.
  • Samples must be clear and have no discoloration, mucus or particulates. Even a little gets rejected by the lab, so bear with us when we ask you to do it again!
NEW results reporting:
  • Beginning Thursday, February 4, You will receive a text message when your test result comes in. The text will not tell you the result. Rather, it will give you a link to the patient portal where you can log in to view your result.
  • Sign-in using your Oxy username and password.
  • If you are POSITIVE, we will call you.
  • If your results are rejected, invalid or inconclusive, we will email you with next steps.
RAPID testing:
  • Rapid testing is offered at Emmons when ordered by an Emmons provider. Students must set up a telemedical sick visit to discuss symptoms, care and treatment. 
  • Rapid testing is provided to employees coming back from furlough or vacation, or have been instructed to get a rapid test by an Emmons provider.  
  • Staff who are experiencing symptoms should connect with their primary care provider for a telemedical visit and access to a COVID-19 test. If a staff member has difficulty connecting with their primary care provider or getting a COVID testing appointment, they may call Emmons for a telemedical visit. 
  • NEW - Rapid tests are offered from 9am-11am, Monday-Friday and Saturday from 11-12 only.
Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns by emailing Thank you all so much for helping to keep our community safe!
Sara Semal, LPCC
Senior Director 
Emmons Wellness Center