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UofSC begins saliva-based COVID-19 testing for campus community

The University of South Carolina will begin offering free saliva-based COVID-19 testing to all students, faculty and staff throughout the semester beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The SAFE (Saliva Assay Free Expedited) test is a non-invasive alternative to nasal swab tests and enables rapid test processing, typically delivering results within 24 hours.

The SAFE test makes it possible for the university to test thousands of students and employees daily for COVID-19. There is no limit to testing frequency. Combined with other mitigation efforts, such as face coverings, physical distancing, hand washing and contact tracing, saliva testing will be an important tool in slowing community spread of the virus from asymptomatic carriers.

This week, walk-up testing will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Davis Field II (area located between the Thomas Cooper Library, the fountain and Longstreet Theater.) Inclement weather location is Russell House University Union room 203.

Beginning next week (Aug. 24), testing will be available on the following schedule:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Davis Field II (area located between the Thomas Cooper Library, the fountain and Longstreet Theater.) Inclement weather location is 650 Lincoln.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 4 p.m. at 650 Lincoln (Located next door to Tropical Smoothie Café in the space formally occupied by 9Round UofSC Campus.)

To ensure privacy, students, faculty, and staff participating in SAFE testing must register using the web-based portal. Your network username/VIP ID and password is required to enter. If you have not yet set up your multifactor authentication, you will need to that first. Multifactor authentication instructions are located at the bottom of the log in screen. During registration you will be asked to complete a HIPAA authorization and consent form to participate in the SAFE Test.

Additional details on the SAFE testing process can be found on the College of Pharmacy’s website.


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