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Mass testing clinic for COVID-19 scheduled to begin on campus January 18

The university is coordinating a mass testing clinic on campus for the first five weeks of the semester.



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The university coordinates a massive on-campus testing clinic for the first five weeks of the semester.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – To help returning students and others test for the presence of COVID-19, the university is coordinating a massive on-campus testing clinic for the first five weeks of the spring semester beginning January 18. conducted by a third-party vendor and open to campus community members who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms – no appointment necessary.

Those experiencing symptoms should make an appointment at the Pat Walker Health Center or an off-campus medical provider for evaluation and testing.

The mass clinic will be held outdoors in the Union Mall for all members of the campus community, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (January 18 to February 18). Prior to testing, participants are asked to complete a short registration form. Additional details to keep in mind:

  • Here you go bring your ID and insurance card with you if you have one.
  • Cost
    • For those with medical insurance, there is no out-of-pocket cost for on-campus COVID-19 testing – as long as you can present your insurance card at the time of testing.
      • Personal contributions or insurance deductibles will not be charged to insured persons who show their insurance card at the test location.
      • The seller encourages you to check with your insurance company about testing coverage. Although the supplier does not charge a co-payment or deductible, your insurance company may deny coverage and charge the testing fee.
      • The test contractor is obliged to notify you if an insurer refuses reimbursement for the testing.
    • For the uninsured, you won’t be charged for testing IF you can provide a Social Security number instead.
    • For the uninsured without a Social Security number (who are asymptomatic), a $100 fee is required for testing.
  • PCR testing, the gold standard for accurately detecting active COVID-19 infection, will be used for all testing in the clinic.
  • The mass testing clinic only offers testing and does not include follow-up from medical providers.
  • The participants arrive at the registration tent and are then led to a test tent.
  • Anyone who is considered to be in close contact or who has been recently exposed to COVID-19 (but has no symptoms) should be tested.

Those experiencing symptoms should make an appointment at the Pat Walker Health Center or an off-campus medical provider for evaluation and testing.

About the University of Arkansas: As a flagship institution in Arkansas, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A carries over $2.2 billion for the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activities, while also providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A in the top 3% of U.S. colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the nation. Watch how the U of A is working on a better world at Research News in Arkansas.