Testing

To help protect our students, faculty, staff and visitors from COVID-19, the University of Delaware has developed a robust and comprehensive program of testing, screening and contact tracing. 

 

COVID testing throughout the spring semester:

  • UD Surveillance sites offer asymptomatic COVID PCR testing Mondays through Thursdays at Harker Lab. 
  • Student Health Services has symptomatic COVID testing available for students Mondays through Fridays by appointment only (302-831-2226). 
  • To provide an additional layer of protection, the University is planning to offer home antigen tests during the spring semester to all UD students, faculty and staff. 


UD-SPONSORED SURVEILLANCE TESTING (Asymptomatic)

As a reminder, vaccinated students and staff are exempt from the weekly surveillance testing requirement, but they are welcome to be tested if they wish.

 

Harker ISE Lab Testing Center

Asymptomatic testing is available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Harker ISE Lab. Individuals are encouraged to register for an appointment, however, to provide you with an opportunity to be tested at a time convenient to your work or school schedule, please feel free to come to the testing center without an appointment.


Surveillance testing at Harker ISE Lab is for current staff and students who are regularly on campus. Individuals must have a valid UD ID (i.e., UD OneCard) and a valid and active UD email account. Inactive staff, former employees, alumni, and spouses of employees (some of whom may have a UD ID) are not eligible for testing due to limited testing capacity. These individuals may take advantage of the many State of Delaware Curative testing options that are available both on-campus and in close proximity to campus. Individuals interested in learning more about Curative testing may register at this site: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/

 

Important Reminders:

  1. The testing conducted at the Testing Centers is for ASYMPTOMATIC individuals ONLY.
  2. Per University guidelines, you must wear a mask that always covers your face properly when in the Testing Center.
  3. Complete your Daily Health Checker and be ready to present your Green Check Mark when you enter the building.
  4. Bring your UD ID as it will be needed for registration.
  5. Do not EAT, DRINK, CHEW GUM, SMOKE or VAPE 30 minutes before you arrive.  
  6. Watch this tutorial video so you understand the testing process BEFORE you arrive for your appointment: COVID-19 Testing at UD - UD Capture | University of Delaware (udel.edu)

Effective Monday, February 7, 2022 the university will provide the FlowFlex  COVID-19 antigen home test kits. Staff and students are permitted to obtain one test kit per week. To request a test kit, complete the webform at this link and take the confirmation email to one of the distribution points.

Distribution points information and hours:

Location

Availability

Requirement

Trabant Student Center

Mon-Sun. 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Valid UD ID

Perkins Student Center

Mon-Sun. 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Valid UD ID

Carpenter Sports Bldg.

Mon-Thurs  7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Fri-Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.   

Valid UD ID

Clayton Hall

Tues., Weds, Thurs. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Valid UD ID

 

To be issued a test kit, individuals MUST present a valid UD ID and they must provide proof of having received the email confirmation of their order – no exceptions.

FlowFlex Antigen Home Test Kits – How it Works – 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Order a test kit by completing the webform at this link.
  2. You will receive an email confirmation of your order (be sure to check your junk/spam folder if you do not see this in your inbox). Take the email confirmation to one of the listed distribution points.
  3. Pick up your test kit.
  4. When you are ready to test, follow the instructions inside the test kit.
  5. Once you have completed the test, follow the instructions for reporting your results. These instructions will be contained in the email confirmation you receive when you order your kit. 

Please note, antigen tests do not fulfill the weekly COVID PCR testing requirement for unvaccinated/unboosted individuals. 

Antigen tests are an efficient means of detecting cases of COVID-19 when viral levels are high. These tests provide quick results and can help identify individuals who are  likely to be infectious. The use of the antigen tests adds an additional level of safety and helps protect our community.


Antigen tests are not as accurate as PCR tests. If your test results are unclear or your antigen test is negative and you are suspicious you may have COVID-19 (due to symptoms or exposure), please contact Student Health Services at 302-831-2226 (students) or visit the Human Resources Office website (employees) for guidance. 

 

Instructional Video for FlowFlex Antigen test:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtENzECCmG8



How do I upload my positive or negative COVID-19 antigen test results?

 

 

FlowFlex instructional insert and FAQs:

https://flowflexcovid.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/ACON-Labs-Flowflex-US-COVID-19-Home-Test-Consumer-Insert-En.pdf

 

https://flowflexcovid.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/AconLabs-Consumer-FAQ.pdf




COMMUNITY-BASED TESTING: ON AND OFF CAMPUS INFORMATION

Curative Testing
University faculty, staff, and students may take advantage of the State of Delaware Curative testing options that are available both on-campus and in close proximity to campus.

 

Delaware City DMV Testing
Delaware is partnering with the FEMA to open a free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the Delaware City Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles from January 17 to January 30 on evenings and weekends. 

 

Walgreens

 

Student Health Services

  • Student Health Services provides testing to symptomatic students in the Newark area. Students experiencing any COVID-19 symptom (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, congestion, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea) should call SHS at 302-831-2226. A triage nurse will return your call and guide you through next steps. In many cases, nasal swab testing is available to symptomatic students directly through Student Health Services. This option is available to students with symptoms.

 

Free at-home test kits

  • The federal government is now making four free at-home COVID-19 test kits available to each residential household. Orders may be placed online and are expected to start shipping via the U.S. Postal Service starting in late January.