COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Testing Resources

COVID-19 testing is available on campus for current students, faculty, and staff members through at-home rapid antigen test kits, available without charge at many campus locations. Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they have been exposed to the virus can also obtain PCR testing at Student Health; faculty and staff should use community sites for PCR testing. Information about the different tests can be found on the Student Health website.

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The campus COVID-19 PCR testing center located in Building 434 will be discontinued after 12/22/2022. UCSB will continue to distribute at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits at no cost to all members of the campus community at the Library, the Customer Service Desk at the Campus Store, and the Rec Cen, as well as most campus housing front desks and other campus locations.

Testing Information

More information on testing, including details about the specific locations on campus to obtain at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits (which are available without charge to UC Santa Barbara students, staff, and faculty), can be found on Student Health's testing information page.
 
Community PCR testing is available through the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, local healthcare providers and some pharmacies, and through Aptitude Labs, which has a collection station at the Earl Warren Showgrounds open 7 days a week. Students, faculty, and staff who show their UCSB identity card to Aptitude and provide their health insurance information will not be billed personally for these tests. This option does not apply if appointments are made on the Aptitude website; UCSB students, faculty, and staff should "walk-in" without an appointment to the Earl Warren Showgrounds for the testing.

Where to Find Your COVID-19 Test Results

Results of campus COVID-19 tests can be accessed via the Student Health Patient Portal used to make testing appointments. Click “Medical Records” from the menu on the left side of the page. 

 

Symptomatic Testing

If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, you can contact any of the following providers to arrange for a COVID-19 test in Santa Barbara or to seek medical care. Please check with each provider to clarify any charges, and to be sure your health insurance is accepted. Your private health insurance may also have resources for Telehealth that can provide you with medical advice, but may not be able to order a local COVID-19 test.

Further information can be provided by sending your question(s) to ucsb-covid19@ucsb.edu.

UC Santa Barbara Campus COVID-19 Testing

  • At-home rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits are available in a variety of campus locations for current students, faculty, and staff.

How to Interpret Rapid Antigen At-Home Test Results

  1. A POSITIVE test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in your sample and it is very likely you have COVID-19 and are contagious. Please follow the guidelines regarding self-isolation, and SELF-REPORT and upload a copy of your result through the form in in the Student Health Patient Portal under "Messages," then "New Message," and also answer the questions in the "COVID Positive Interview Questions" under the "New Message" option. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is incorrect (a false positive).
  2. A NEGATIVE test result is presumptive, meaning it is not certain that you do not have COVID-19. You may still have COVID-19 and you may still be contagious. There is a higher chance of false negative results with antigen tests compared to laboratory-based tests such as PCR.

To increase the chance that the negative result for COVID-19 is accurate, you should:

  • Test again in 48 hours if you have symptoms on the first day of testing; OR
  • Test 2 more times at least 48 hours apart if you do not have symptoms on the first day of testing.

If you test negative and continue to experience COVID-19-like symptoms, (e.g., fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath) you should seek follow up care with your healthcare provider.

Student Health (Confidential services for UC Santa Barbara students)

  • COVID-19 testing, if symptomatic or exposed to confirmed cases; test appointments may also be scheduled through the Student Health Patient Portal or join a QLess line to receive a callback. Urgent Care and Telehealth visits available. This testing is covered by UC SHIP insurance, but for other students a charge will be made to BARC. Students are encouraged to submit charges to their other individual insurance providers.
  • QLess virtual line for nurse advice.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Dept  

Cottage Health Urgent Care

  • Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily at multiple locations including in Goleta at Hollister Village and on Calle Real.
  • Appointments can be made online; if high demand, may only be able to provide COVID-19 tests by appointment.

Cottage Health Virtual Care Online Services

  • Online visit, may refer out for testing if indicated.
  • You may submit your receipt to your insurance company, but reimbursement is not guaranteed.

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

  • (844) 594-0343
  • Telehealth visits available; sliding scale fees based on income.
  • Four locations for medical care in Santa Barbara; one in Isla Vista.
  • Open evenings and Saturday.
  • Call first to alert them if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Sansum Clinic

  • (800) 472-6786
  • Sansum Urgent Care
    • (805) 563-6110; 215 Pesetas Ln., Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    • Telehealth visits available.
    • Open weekends.
    • Call first to alert them if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

The Med Center

  • Open evenings and weekends (not all locations)
  • (805) 681-7411; 271 N. Fairview Ave., Suite 101, Goleta, CA 93117
  • (805) 682-7411; 2954 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • (805) 965-3011; 319 N Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Other

  • Information provided by the California Department of Public Health about additional COVID-19 testing sites in the area can be found here
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can get tested, be seen by a health care provider, and receive medication – all in one place at a Test to Treat site.

The University does not recommend, endorse, warrant or guarantee any specific provider of medical services, or any product or service that they may offer and will not be a party to any transaction between you and such providers. The names of these medical providers are for information purposes only. As with the purchase of any product or service, it is your responsibility to use your best judgment in the selection of any appropriate medical provider.

 

Send comments to: ucsb-covid19@ucsb.edu.