Last updated December 16, 2022
What you need to know about testing
- Testing continues to be available to students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
TESTING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SYMPTOMS //
Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should seek out symptomatic testing through a University or local health care provider. Although more protected from serious illness, if at any time vaccinated individuals experience COVID-19 symptoms, they should still seek testing to minimize spread of the virus.
- At University Park students living on campus or in the local community who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to schedule testing appointments with University Health Services (UHS) via myUHS. Review UHS's hours of operation.
- Students living on or near other Penn State campuses should seek symptomatic testing via their campus’ health services or a local provider.
- Symptomatic employees are advised to schedule an appointment with their health care provider.
Visit the Health Guidelines page to learn more about steps you should take if you feel sick, or if think you may have been exposed to the virus.
GETTING A COVID-19 AT-HOME TEST //
U.S. households can order a total of four at-home COVID-19 tests that will be mailed directly to them for free. Tests can be ordered online at COVIDTests.gov. Individuals who have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.
Individuals with private health insurance coverage or who are covered by a group health plan are eligible to have up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests covered by their insurance provider per month.
Testing and support
Many rapid antigen test kits expiration dates have been extended. Please refer to this FDA website to check on expiration date extensions. If your test kits are confirmed as expired, please dispose of them and obtain new test kits.
Faculty, staff members, students and families across all Penn State campuses can call the Penn State COVID-19 Call Center at 814-865-2121 or submit an online contact form.
The Call Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. The Call Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Before calling, individuals are encouraged to review the University’s official coronavirus information website to see if their questions are answered there. The site includes links to Penn State COVID-19 resources, as well as a comprehensive list of COVID-19 FAQs for students and families, faculty and staff, and members of campus communities.
Click here for more information about the Penn State COVID-19 Response Center.