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COVID-19 Update: Carolina Together Testing Program Update

Student with Covid Test kit
UNC student Ariel Lam takes part in COVID-19 testing at the UNC-CH COVID testing location at Frank Porter Graham Student Union on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. January 11, 2020. The self test is done with a swab and then sent to the UNC COVID Surveillance Laboratory for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing process to determine if the sample is positive or negative for COVID-19. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

Last week we completed our first week of the Carolina Together Testing Program, and thanks to the strong participation of our students, faculty and staff, we have seen many of you at the centers getting your re-entry or first asymptomatic test. In the last six days alone, we have tested more than 6,900 people at two testing centers and at residence halls during move-in. Tar Heels have answered the call to get tested as soon as they arrive on campus, and for that, we thank you for your vigilance to protect our community.

As we go into our second week, we have a few important updates to our operations to better serve our community.

Hours of Operation; Convenient Parking
Tomorrow all three testing centers will open. The hours will be:

  • Frank Porter Graham Student Union, gallery space, side closest to Davis Library
    • Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm
    • Parking is available in the Undergraduate Library Parking Lot
  • CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio 
    • Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm
    • Parking is available in the Granville Towers West Parking Lot
  • UNC Rams Head Recreation Center, multi-purpose room, closest to dining hall
    • Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm
    • Parking is available in the Rams Head Parking Deck
      • Pull ticket from machine upon entry
      • Validate parking at the testing site
      • Give validation ticket to parking attendant upon exit

You can find maps to the parking locations on the Carolina Together website There are signs for designated spots at the Undergraduate Library lot and at Granville Towers.

New System for Reservations and Walk-ins
Last week we opened reservations in HallPass for testing appointments. Starting this week, we will have two lines at each location – one for Reservations only and one for Walk-Ins – and we will have signage and staff helping you navigate each line. While you are still able to get a test as a walk-in, priority will be given to those with reservations. We highly encourage you to make a reservation to ensure your testing experience moves as quickly as possible.

Please note: If the reservation slots for your preferred location are full, please check HallPass to make a reservation at one of the other testing centers.

HallPass
HallPass is the mobile friendly, web-based application that we are using for the Carolina Together Testing Program. All re-entry and regular asymptomatic testing will utilize HallPass and there will be no need to upload test results to ConnectCarolina, which is only a requirement for Prior to Arrival testing.

Once you have registered using your ONYEN with HallPass, your subsequent visits should be greatly expedited. If you have not already done so, please remember visit the HallPass website to pre-register and make a reservation for your testing appointment window.

Volunteer Opportunities
Our ability to stand up and operate the Carolina Together Testing Program is all thanks to dedicated, hardworking faculty, staff and students who are committed to the program being successful, and we are grateful for everything they are doing. If you are interested in being a part of the testing team, we have two ways to volunteer. First the Carolina COVID-19 Student Services Corps is placing students in various volunteer opportunities around the campus to help serve the campus. Also, the Carolina Together Ambassadors is a student volunteer group that is assisting students with wayfinding and adherence throughout the semester.

Thank you again to all of you who are participating in the testing requirements and complying with the COVID-19 Community Standards. This commitment is key to helping us have a successful, safe spring semester.

Sincerely,

The Carolina Together Testing Program Team