COVID-19 Update: November 6, 2020

"Know Before You Go” Pre-Break COVID Testing Blitz

UC students both on and off campus will soon be heading home for the Thanksgiving Holiday and winter break, and we want to help you have a healthy holiday season with your families.   

For peace of mind, to contribute to public health efforts, and to help you and your families take any added health precautions, the university will provide free, voluntary COVID testing Monday, Nov. 16 thru Wednesday, Nov. 18to any currently enrolled student in a “Know Before You Go” testing blitz.

What's the process?

Testing will consist of a highly sensitive viral test known as a PCR and will be provided by Wild Health Laboratory of Lexington, Kentucky. It’s quick. The entire testing experience requires less than 5 minutes. Students should arrive approximately 10 minutes before their appointment time.

Results will be available within 48-72 hours of testing. 

When can students get tested?

Each testing appointment requires just a few minutes, but you must reserve your 5-minute appointment slot, available between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, Monday, Nov. 16, thru Wednesday, Nov. 18.

SIGN UP online now as appointments are available on a first-come basis. 

Where will the pre-break test blitz take place?

Testing will take place at the Campus Recreation Center basketball courts. Social distancing and mask wearing will be maintained.

Note on entry: To participate in the pre-break COVID testing blitz, enter the basketball courts from the Nippert Stadium playing field. At the northeast corner of the stadium playing field is an entrance to the CRC basketball courts, and this field-level entrance will be clearly marked with signage directing students to the "Know Before You Go" testing. 

Please make use of the COVID Check App for your daily health check before leaving your residence hall room or coming to campus for this testing. Students are required to complete and pass the daily health check to enter some campus buildings including dining centers and the Campus Recreation Center.

More information

UC’s Public Health web site has a “Know Before You Go” page with complete information. 

Visit that page to learn more about 

  • What happens if a test result comes back positive.
  • What happens if you’ve had close contact with someone who tests positive.
  • Continued precautions you should take even if you test negative.


In addition to strongly encouraging you to participate in UC’s voluntary testing before you go home, I want to remind you of the importance of complying with COVID-19 safety precautions (facial coverings, social distancing, limiting gatherings to 10 people or fewer, etc.) over the next few weeks. Making safe and responsible choices now will help to ensure the health of our families at home and here at UC. Remember, Bearcats take care of Bearcats!

In Bearcat pride and spirit,

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Debra Spotts Merchant
Vice President for Student Affairs