The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has established a free, on-campus COVID-19 testing option for students, faculty and staff through a partnership with the University Health Center and Test Nebraska.
Beginning Aug. 12, a walk-up COVID-19 testing site will be located in the 17th and R parking garage, behind the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Police Station, 300 N. 17th St. The testing site is near the reserved parking area, and public access to the area will be limited while tests are being conducted.
The site will offer free testing to students, faculty and staff and will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Appointments are required and can be made at https://covid19.unl.edu/unl-campus-covid-19-testing. After registering, same-day appointments will be confirmed via email, which will include an individual QR code. Individuals are asked to arrive five minutes before their appointment time, maintain social distancing while waiting and wear a facial covering. They must have the QR code and a government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) with them to check in at the testing site. An NCard will not be accepted.
Jennifer Mize Nelson, who is overseeing the launch of the university testing site, said that regardless of where they get tested, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check in with their health care provider to help determine if a test is needed and to get follow-up care in the event the test is positive. The site will be staffed by pre-health students who will check in individuals for their testing appointments, while a licensed health care professional affiliated with the University Health Center will administer the swab test.
Results are expected within 72 hours. Any person who has been exposed or is showing symptoms should self-quarantine. Further directions will be provided to those tested once results are known. Positive test results will be forwarded to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department for contact tracing.