Testing Information

Below you will find information about Oxy’s current COVID-19 testing policies and protocols.

Starting May 17, COVID testing will move from the AGC to Emmons Wellness Center, where summer testing days/hours will be limited to Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

Please do not eat, drink or smoke at least one hour before testing. Testing, which uses a salivary sample, should take you about 10 minutes to complete and you will receive your results the following day via a message from the myhealth.oxy.edu portal.

Updated 8/3/22

Fall 2022 Testing Protocols

Oxy’s Fall 2022 testing falls into three categories: Required, Indicated, and Discretionary. (Details about specific testing locations, dates, and times are coming soon).

Required Testing

  • All students must do a PCR test on campus within the first 14 days of arriving at Oxy. 
  • Weekly testing is required for Oxy community members who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated (e.g., those who have a valid medical or religious exemption on file with Emmons or HR, and those not up-to-date on COVID vaccinations, having received the initial vaccination series but who are currently ineligible for the booster).
  • Weekly testing is required for cohorts who are at higher risk (these cohorts were identified using last year’s testing data). Students who are part of these cohorts will be alerted to the testing requirements for their group.

Indicated Testing

  • Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should get tested. 
    • Students who are experiencing COVID symptoms should get tested on campus.
    • Employees who are experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home and get tested by their primary care provider, off-campus testing site or pharmacy. If an employee begins to display COVID symptoms while at work, they should test on campus right away and then go home until a negative test is confirmed. 
  • Any Oxy community member who was exposed to, or in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID should get tested.

Discretionary Testing

  • Opt-in testing is available for those who want to test prior to traveling, attending events, or for personal reasons.

Important Note

Because of our limited resources, we cannot provide a physician's certification of test results for travel purposes. We are also unable to provide tests or test results outside of our regular summer schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12 noon.

Summer 2022 Testing Protocols

Beginning on Tuesday, May 17, there will be no required surveillance testing. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to test twice weekly, and testing will remain open for those with symptoms and those who may have been exposed to COVID. Any Oxy community member can still opt in for testing.

Additional Testing Information

Do I need to test if I recently had COVID?

Community members who tested positive for COVID-19 and have lab results or medical documentation with your name, the date of the test and the type of test, will be excused from surveillance testing for 90 days from the date of your positive test once your test results are shared with Emmons by uploading your recent results into the myhealth.oxy.edu portal by logging in and clicking on the “Enter My Covid 19 Test Result” button on the main page.

Symptomatic testing guidance

  • Vaccinated students and employees experiencing symptoms may get a rapid COVID-19 test during testing hours. Follow-up with a primary care provider may be recommended based on test results.
  • Employees experiencing symptoms outside of campus should get tested with their primary care provider, a city testing site or a local pharmacy.

Testing for Unvaccinated Community Members

  • All unvaccinated individuals living, studying and working on campus will be required to test twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Students who miss their scheduled test will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and will be required to take a make-up test within 24 hours. A second no-show for testing will also result in loss of eligibility to live on campus.
  • Employees who miss their scheduled test will be required to take a make-up test within 24 hours. A second no-show for testing will result in progressive disciplinary action.

Where else can I get free, local testing for COVID?

Curative Test Sites:

          Eagle Rock Library: 5027 Caspar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041

          Eagle Rock Recreation Center: 1141 Eagle Vista Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90041 

Walgreens: 2222 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

CVS Minute Clinic: 1030 Colorado Boulevard Eagle Rock, CA 90041

COVID Clinic: 2700 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

COVID-19 Tests Currently Utilized

ShieldT3 Laboratory-based PCR test

PCR test offered through mobile lab located in Northern CA.

  • Salivary test offers self administration with personnel oversight.
  • Test requires the patient to provide 1ml saliva after 1 hour without eating, drinking or smoking. Personnel ensures the sample is clean and sufficient.
  • Labs are sent at the end of the day and results are returned by 7pm the following day.
  • System is computerized and will be integrated with college records. Individuals are texted with testing reminders and test results.
Abbott Binax Now rapid test

In-office antigen test given to patients presenting with symptoms.

  • Provider-administered lower nasal swab.
  • Results in 15 minutes.