The University of Pittsburgh’s COVID-19 testing serves three specific audiences:
- 1. Do you have symptoms?
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (such as coughing, sore throat, fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing) should get tested to rule out a possible COVID-19 infection—or to begin isolating as soon as possible if COVID-19 is the cause. Students should call Student Health Service on their campus:
- Bradford: 814-362-5272
- Greensburg: 724-836-9947
- Johnstown: 814-269-7110
- Pittsburgh: 412-383-1800
- Titusville: 814-362-5272
Faculty and staff should call MyHealth@Work at 412-647-4949 to discuss testing options. Testing for symptomatic employees is available on the Pittsburgh campus at the O'Hara Student Center, first floor dining room, from noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday through the summer. You must create a Quest account to be tested on campus.
- 2. No symptoms, but a close contact OR concerned about a potential COVID-19 exposure?
Close contacts of people who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 should get tested to make sure they did not also get infected—or to begin quarantining if so.
Students, faculty and staff may visit onsite testing centers, currently on the Pittsburgh campus and soon in place on the regional campuses, for an unobserved, self-swab test. Learn more about the on-campus process, hours and location. Please note that advance registration is strongly recommended.
Alternatively, faculty and staff may order a Quest test kit shipped to their home and to be returned via FedEx. Please note that this process does take more time than visiting the onsite testing center due to shipping.
- 3. Are you required to complete weekly testing because you have not uploaded proof of vaccination?
Unvaccinated and undisclosed individuals are required by the University to have a negative COVID-19 Quest test reported between Monday-Saturday, every week of the term. This helps with population mitigation, and helps keep unvaccinated people safer and healthier. Learn more details including when to take a test at home or on campus, where to drop it off and how to stay in compliance.
Types of COVID-19 Tests
There are many ways one can get tested, and not all tests are created equal. PCR tests are the most accurate. Rapid tests, or antigen tests, may be bought over the counter at pharmacies, but can be less accurate. Pitt has partnered with Quest to offer free PCR tests to students, faculty and staff who wish to order kits to their addresses.