Testing

If you will be in Denver or have trouble accessing a test where you live | You may provide a validated negative molecular test result for the virus that causes COVID-19 from a location of your choosing collected during your 10-day quarantine window. You may make an appointment via DU and our health partner, NJH, to take the test in Denver, administered by a trained medical professional at myhealth.du.edu. Please allow 2-3 days for results before your planned return to campus date.

If you will be outside Denver | If you will be outside of the Denver metro area during the 10 days before your winter arrival date, we encourage you to complete a test at a testing location in your area and provide the verified results to us. Please be sure to confirm the test is an RT-PCR molecular test via nasal swab (not a rapid test, antigen test or analyzed via pooled analyses). If you are unable to access a test in your 10-day window that meets these specifications, please test as soon as possible after arrival in Denver at the testing pod. Residential students in this situation will be supported to quarantine in their room while they await test results (and will be asked to simultaneously provide a nasal swab and a saliva sample for rapid analysis). Off-campus students, faculty and staff will be asked to await results before participating in in-person activities.

Testing on campus is provided to students, faculty and staff at no additional cost. Schedule appointments, email your providers, check lab results and review your HCC billing statements with MyHealth, your online link to the DU Health & Counseling Center.

If you test positive, we strongly encourage you to immediately contact a healthcare provider and require you to delay your arrival on campus until:

  • 10 days have passed since your first symptoms; and
  • You are fever-free for 24 hours (without medication); and
  • Symptoms have improved; or if asymptomatic, 10 days have passed since your positive test date and you have not developed symptoms consistent with a COVID infection

If you test negative, you may return to campus on your selected return date as planned, having followed all quarantine protocols listed above. Proof of a negative test and adherence to symptom and quarantine monitoring will be required to return to campus (see exception above for on-campus residents).

If you have been exposed to someone known or presumed to have COVID-19, this will trigger the same requirements as a positive test, including delaying your travel and return to campus for 7 days, accompanied by testing and symptom monitoring.