COVID-19 Testing Overview

Updated September 2, 2022

The University has paused its weekly testing requirement. However, testing options are available for those who are symptomatic or have been exposed.

Rapid Tests (free) are available for all students, faculty, or staff. 

  • Available in the Student Services Health Center, the HR office (Lynch Hall), or from the Athletic Trainers.
  • Result in 15 minutes.
  • If you test positive, we highly suggest that you isolate according to University policy.
  • Rapid tests can provide false negatives.  If you test negative, but style have symptoms after a few days, we highly recommend the you take a PCR test.
  • If you test positive: Students should report their results to the campus Health Center at 724-836-9947; Faculty and Staff should report their results to MyHealth @ Work at 412-647-4949. 
  • Additionally, if you test positive, please do not go to class or work. Isolate following the CDC guidance, as listed on our website.  The campus Health Center and My Health @ Work will help you with your next steps.

PCR tests (free) are also available for all students, faculty, or staff. 

  • Tests may be picked up at the Chambers Hall Information Desk; Monday-Thursday between the hours of 7am and 1pm. 
  • These tests need to be sent out to the lab for processing. Results will be available in 2-3 days.
  • Tests are to be taken and returned the same day to the Chambers Hall Information Desk BEFORE 3 pm.
  • Test returned after 3 pm will be invalid and you will need to test again.
  • PCR tests are NOT available on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.   

Please note: The University has changed testing companies. Quest tests are no longer an option and will not be processed. Please discard any Quest test up may have.

Get your COVID-19 Booster as soon as you are eligible. They are widely available at local pharmacies and doctors' offices.

Do you have symptoms?

The CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker may be a useful tool. If you have COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing, please get tested through Health Services (724-836-9947) or MyHealth @ Work at 412-647-4949 to rule out a possible COVID-19 infection.

If you test positive, begin isolating as soon as possible and let your close contacts know about potential exposure. Health Services or MyHealth @ Work will also conduct contact tracing. If you test negative for COVID, you may be infected with another respiratory virus, so it is wise to wear a mask indoors with others to mitigate the risk of spreading something else.  

Pitt will continue to offer symptomatic testing and close contact/focused testing for faculty, staff, and students throughout the fall term as needed.