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On-campus COVID-19 Evaluation and Testing

There are two primary types of COVID-19 tests available to students, faculty and staff at the university. Both are designed to detect an active infection. 


Saliva Assay Free Expedited (SAFE) Testing

The Saliva Assay Free Expedited (SAFE) test is free, quick, and noninvasive. It should only be used by individuals that are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath. Results can typically be shared within 24-72 hours after the sample is collected. SAFE testing is only available to current students, faculty and staff. Learn more at sc.edu/salivatest.

Schedule for October 25 – October 29

Please check the schedule regularly as locations or times may change.

Monday, Oct. 25 – Friday, Oct. 29

Before you come to a test site:
  • No appointment needed at any of the saliva test sites.
  • Do not eat, drink, smoke or vape, or chew gum or mints 30 minutes before testing.
  • You may have clear water up until 10 minutes before testing. Hydrate well on your test day.
  • Bring your Carolina Card.
  • Acknowledge the updated consent on MyHealthSpace using the instructions below. This will only have to be done once for Fall 2021.
    • Log into MyHealthSpace.ushs.sc.edu
    • Go to the menu on the left
    • Click Medical Clearances
    • Scroll to Additional Items Not Required for Clearance, click on COVID-19 Testing Consent & HIPAA Agreement, and click on green Update
    • Scroll down to check Acknowledgement
    • Click blue Submit Final
    • Click on Proceed

SAFE COVID-19 Test Results : Once your SAFE test results are finalized, you will be sent a notification to your university email account. SAFE test results will be available in your MyHealthSpace account. Once logged in to your MyHealthSpace account, go to Medical Records on left-hand navigation or under the menu button (mobile). Then, click on the Lab tab. Your test result should be posted here. If you have a positive result, University Health Services will also contact you with guidance and for contact tracing. 


COVID-19 Self-Collected Nasal Swab Testing

The nasal swab test is free, quick and painless. You will self-collect your own sample with a Q-Tip like swab. Results can typically be shared within 24 hours after the sample is collected.

This method of testing is reserved for those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 who have been evaluated by a health care provider at University Health Services. It is very important that any student, faculty or staff that develop significant symptoms of COVID-19, like fever, cough or shortness of breath, contact their healthcare provider for evaluation. Students can make an appointment at MyHealthSpace.

COVID-19 Nasal Swab Test Result: Once your test results are finalized, you will be sent a notification to your university email account. Test results will be available in your MyHealthSpace account. Once logged in to your MyHealthSpace account, go to Medical Records on left-hand navigation or under the menu button (mobile). Then, click on the Lab tab. Your test result should be posted here. If you have a positive result, University Health Services will also contact you with guidance and for contact tracing. 


Access Your Telemedicine appointment

Telemedicine appointments require that the Zoom application be installed on your computer or mobile device. These Zoom sessions are secure and HIPAA compliant.

  • Log in to MyHealthSpace
  • Click Medical Clearances and complete the required forms (if not already completed): Informed Consent for Telehealth (Primary Care & Women's Health)
  • Click Appointments
  • Click Appointment Check-in
  • Verify your location and click OK (you must be in the state of South Carolina)
  • Click on Click here to join the meeting

The link will open a new browser window. If you already installed the Zoom app, click 'Open Zoom Meetings' from your computer or wait for the app to open on your mobile device. If you do not have Zoom, you will be prompted to download and install the app. 

Once downloaded and installed, the Zoom meeting should auto populate the app.  If you cannot download or run the Zoom application, click 'join from your browser.' Enter your name and click 'Join.' You will now be placed in a virtual waiting room. Your provider will join you at your appointment time.

Contact your health care provider if you need a COVID-19 antibody test.

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