COVID-19 Testing

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COVID-19 Testing FAQ

When is the testing period?

How do I schedule my COVID-19 test on campus?

What does the test involve?

What happens if my test is positive for COVID-19?

Can I attend classes or go to my job on campus if I have not yet been tested?

What happens if I think my test results are inaccurate or inconclusive?

What happens if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on the day of my appointment?

I signed up for my test by need to reschedule. How do I do that?

What happens if I miss my scheduled testing time?

I don’t have or cannot find my SandDollar$ ID. Do I need one for testing?

What happens if I have received a COVID-19 diagnosis within the last 90 days, and receive a positive test as a result of my mandatory A&M-Corpus Christi test?

If I test positive, will I need a negative test to return to class or work?

Will our campus partners and contractors undergo COVID-19 testing during this time period as well?

I am not feeling sick. Why am I required to test for COVID-19?

I have already been on campus. Do I still need to test?

I am only taking online courses and do not plan to be on the Island campus this fall. Do I still need to test?

I am student teaching or completing an internship or practicum during the fall semester and will not be on campus. Do I still need to test?

I am an instructor who is only teaching online. Do I still need to test?

This fall, I am a student at the RELLIS campus. Do I still need to test?

How will results from the testing be used?

I recently tested for COVID-19, why do I need to retest?

What happens if I do not test?

I am partially or fully vaccinated. Do I still have to take the COVID-19 test before Sept. 10?

Are their on-campus COVID-19 vaccines available? When is the next vaccine clinic?

Will Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi mandate testing later this semester?

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

When is the testing period?

All Islander students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to receive a COVID-19 test between August 23 and September 10. The testing site will be located at the Island Hall gym adjacent to the Dugan Wellness Center. We will offer daytime, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate varying schedules.

How do I schedule my COVID-19 test on campus?

Schedule your appointment online at https://enrollat.tamucc.edu/event/. Test registration is on a first come, first served basis and we encourage registration as soon as possible to avoid the risk of unavailable appointments on later test dates, leading to noncompliance.

Please visit the site to schedule an appointment. We are continuing to build out capacity to meet demand as we are able. Additional appointment times are forthcoming.

You must complete your mandatory COVID-19 test no later than Friday, September 10.

What does the test involve?

You will need to bring your SandDollar$ ID with you to check in.

The tests the University is administering is the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test, which uses a self-administrated shallow nasal swab. This test has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for self-testing without the need to ship samples to a lab or for a prescription from your healthcare provider.

Upon completion of your BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test, you should leave the testing site. You will be notified if you test positive or if your test is inconclusive within 24 hours. If you test positive, you are required to report your test results through our reporting portal and self-isolate. If you believe you have received false positive results, you have the option to take a second test via a Curative COVID-19 test through the University Health Center. If your test is inconclusive, you will be asked to re-register for another BinaxNOW test.

Staff processing tests and results have training related to the proper handling of Protected Health Information.

Island Hall gym is designated as a temporary health care facility during the entire testing period and face coverings are required while in the facility.

What happens if my test is positive for COVID-19?

According to the CDC, those who test positive for COVID-19 should first contact their healthcare professional to discuss symptoms and receive appropriate treatment.

In addition, if you test positive, you are required to report your test results through our reporting portal and self-isolate.

Employees who test positive should notify their supervisor (via email or phone) and arrange for remote work, if possible. If remote work is not feasible, appropriate leave should be taken.

Students who test positive should notify their faculty (via email or phone) and arrange for assignments.

Faculty will work with students who must miss class due to COVID-19 quarantine/isolation to ensure those students do not miss critical instruction and assignments.

Can I attend classes or go to my job on campus if I have not yet been tested?

Yes, though the test needs to be completed by Sept. 10 to be in compliance with the mandate.

What happens if I think my test results are inaccurate or inconclusive?

If you would like additional confirmation of your COVID-19 status, the University Health Center continues to offer the Curative COVID-19 test. The Curative test is performed by a healthcare provider, includes a nasal swab specimen and is a lab diagnostic test. Results from a Curative COVID-19 test can take up to 3 days to return to the patient. Individuals will need to isolate during the time it takes to get the results of the second test.

In addition, if your BinaxNOW test returns inconclusive results, you will be asked to re-register for another BinaxNOW test.

What happens if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on the day of my appointment?

A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found by visiting the CDC website. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on the day of your test, please continue to self-isolate and do not report for your scheduled test. Instead, email covidtesting@tamucc.edu to cancel the appointment. 

I signed up for my test by need to reschedule. How do I do that?

You are able to change your appointment time if you log in to the original sign up link before midnight on the night before your appointment. If that does not work, please call the University Health Center at 361.825.2601.

What happens if I miss my scheduled testing time?

Call the University Health Center at 361.825.2601 to reschedule for a later date.

I don’t have or cannot find my SandDollar$ ID. Do I need one for testing?

Your SandDollar$ ID is your official campus ID and is used throughout campus. If you do not have one yet or cannot find it, you have two options:

  1. Stop into the SandDollar$ ID office in the University Center first floor to get a physical copy of your card, or
  2. download the GET Mobile app to have a virtual copy on your phone.

Both options are outlined on the SandDollar$ website at https://www.tamucc.edu/finance-and-administration/auxiliary-services/sanddollar/index.php

Please plan to do that prior to testing.

What happens if I have received a COVID-19 diagnosis within the last 90 days, and receive a positive test as a result of my mandatory A&M-Corpus Christi test?

Based on information from the CDC, those who test positive for COVID-19 may continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. If you have tested positive during the 90 days prior to your on-campus test and have proof of a previous positive COVID-19 diagnosis within the last 90 days, please share that information with our healthcare professionals at the testing site and we will make note. This proof can include a doctor’s note or other medical paperwork.

If I test positive, will I need a negative test to return to class or work?

No. Based on information from the CDC, those who test positive for COVID-19 may continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. As a result, you DO NOT need to re-test as long as you isolate for at least 10 days after symptom onset and until 24 hours after their fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Will our campus partners and contractors undergo COVID-19 testing during this time period as well?

While we continue to work with our campus partners toward a healthy & safe campus, they are not legally or contractually bound to test for COVID-19.

I am not feeling sick. Why am I required to test for COVID-19?

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi requires COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty, and staff between August 23 and September 10, regardless of symptoms or vaccination status. The CDC reports that people without symptoms are still able to spread the virus. Our goal with this campus-wide testing is to help mitigate exposure on campus, particularly during this recent local spike in cases related to the Delta variant.  In addition, the information we receive from the testing allows the university to make data-driven, real-time decisions based on the health conditions on our campus.

I have already been on campus. Do I still need to test?

Yes, all faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus this fall will be required to test between August 23 and September 10.

I am only taking online courses and do not plan to be on the Island campus this fall. Do I still need to test?

If you are only taking online courses, do not reside on campus, and will not be on campus at all this semester, you do not have to test. If your classes are online but you live in on-campus housing, you are required to be tested.

I am student teaching or completing an internship or practicum during the fall semester and will not be on campus. Do I still need to test?

If you do not reside on campus and will not be on campus at all this semester, you do not have to test. However, if you come to campus for any reason, you are required to test within the 72 hours prior to your arrival. However, you must comply with any testing, vaccination, or face-covering requirements through your internship or student teaching assignment.

I am an instructor who is only teaching online. Do I still need to test?

If your teaching assignments are all online and you do not come to campus, you do not have to test. However, if you come to campus for any reason, you must be tested within 72 hours prior to your arrival.

This fall, I am a student at the RELLIS campus. Do I still need to test?         

Yes, students who are attending RELLIS are required to test, though these students will take part in testing through Texas A&M University-College Station’s testing program. More information will be sent to these students.

How will results from the testing be used?

Test results will provide us with a snapshot of the campus community at this time and help us contain the spread of illness from those who test positive. Many of our students have requested in-person classes over the past 18 months and testing helps us ensure those classes can take place as scheduled.

I recently tested for COVID-19, why do I need to retest?

By using on-campus testing, we help ensure effective and consistent test results that can be analyzed properly to assess health conditions on campus.

What happens if I do not test?

We expect everyone to comply with the required testing. Faculty and staff who do not comply with mandatory COVID-19 reporting, testing and/or quarantine/isolation requirements will receive a written reprimand, at a minimum, that will impact their eligibility for merit increases and also will be subject to other, more severe, disciplinary action as appropriate. Students who fail to comply with mandatory COVID-19 reporting, testing and/or quarantine/isolation requirements will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for disciplinary action.

I am partially or fully vaccinated. Do I still have to take the COVID-19 test before Sept. 10?

Yes. All students, staff, and faculty will be required to take a COVID-19 test on campus prior to September 10, regardless of vaccination status.

Are their on-campus COVID-19 vaccines available? When is the next vaccine clinic?

There are a limited number of vaccines (by appointment only) available at the University Health Center. All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) are available. Appointments may be made by calling them at 361.825.2601.  In addition, the university plans to again partner with Nueces County to offer vaccination clinics this fall. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.

Will Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi mandate testing later this semester?

At this time, it remains to be determined if there will be additional testing requirements in the future. It is our hope that our current testing mandate will sufficiently mitigate the spread of the virus.