Last updated May 18, 2022
What you need to know about testing
- The University Park employee and student COVID-19 testing center located at 101 North Atherton St. has paused operations effective Friday, May 13.
- Testing continues to be available to students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Free at-home rapid tests provided by the U.S. government are available to be ordered online at covidtests.gov. Additionally, 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 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 //
There are options available for individuals to obtain at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost, including:
- Free government at-home test kits: The U.S. government offers free at-home COVID-19 tests for every home in the United States. The rapid antigen at-home tests will provide results within 30 minutes with no lab drop-off required. Tests can be ordered through the government’s www.covidtests.gov website.
- Tests covered by health insurance: 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
The federal government is providing four free COVID-19 test kits to every U.S. residential address that requests them at covidtests.gov and at 1-800-232-0233 for those without internet access. This program is designed to offer broad access to tests for individuals and families across various living arrangements.
In some cases, addresses in multi-unit buildings where the units are not registered as separate addresses may not be recognized by the system. This might result in an issue placing an order. Individual units in these cases can still order four at-home tests. If you believe you are running into this multi-unit address issue, you can file a service request or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to get the issue fixed.
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 8 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.