Carolina Together Testing Program

Who should test at the Carolina Together Testing Program center?

Testing at the Carolina Together Testing Program is by appointment only via HallPass.

Asymptomatic testing is available for faculty, staff and students at the Carolina Together Testing Program by appointments only via HallPass. As we learn more about the omicron variant, it’s clear that asymptomatic testing has limited utility given the short incubation period and high transmission rate. Symptomatic testing is available at Campus Health for students. Faculty and staff should continue to seek symptomatic testing through their health care provider.

Testing Frequency

We do not recommend testing more than once a week if you are asymptomatic, vaccinated and have not been exposed to COVID-19. The center is open and available for asymptomatic vaccinated students, faculty and staff to voluntary testing, and we have seen very few, if any, positive cases from truly asymptomatic vaccinated individuals who were not exposed to COVID-19.

If you have received a positive test result, please do not continue to test at CTTP. Testing is not recommended for 90 days after a confirmed positive and continued testing does not decrease your duration of isolation.

Where do I go for testing?

Updated Jan. 10, 2021

If you are experiencing symptoms, do not go to the Carolina Together Testing Centers. For more information see “Where do I go to test if I am experiencing symptoms? 

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available at Carolina Together Testing Center at the Carolina Union. 

Please bring your mobile phone with you to the testing sites. There are individuals at the center to assist you if you do not have a mobile phone. A mobile phone is needed to access HallPass.  

  • All testing is at The Frank Porter Graham Student Union, gallery space, side closest to Davis Library 
      • 209 South Road, Chapel Hill 
      • Parking is available in the Undergraduate Library Parking Lot. 
  • TESTING WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JAN. 17
  • Regular Testing hours: 
      • Mondays and Wednesdays: 9am-5pm at Carolina Union 
      • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7am-5pm at Carolina Union 
      • Fridays: 9am-2pm at Carolina Union 
      • Saturdays and Sundays: Closed 

 

What happens when I get my test result?

Our goal is for you to get your test results in less than 48 hours. 

 If you test negative 

Great news! You can login to HallPass at any time to see when you need another test and to reserve a time at a testing location. 

If you test positive 

We anticipate we will have cases on campus and are relying on our community members to make good decisions in support of one another.

Residential students who test positive can isolate at home (strongly preferred) or in their residence hall room (only leaving for food pick-up and medical care). Detailed information can be found on the Carolina Housing website.

Additional guidance for students may be found on the Campus Health page. Additional guidance for employees may be found on the EHS COVID-19 page. 

If your test result is inconclusive 

If you received an “abnormal inconclusive” test result it means that the test was neither positive or negative and a retest is recommended.  We apologize for the inconvenience and recommend that you schedule an appointment to receive another test as soon as possible.

 

What is HallPass?

HallPass is the web application that assists you in the Carolina Together Testing Program. On your first visit, login to hallpass.unc.edu and authenticate with your ONYEN. Then use the simple interface to confirm vital information including your mobile phone and local address.

Once registered, you will see when you need to get a test, find a location and reserve a time for testing.

At the testing site, show your unique HallPass barcode to collection site staff to scan. Testing center staff will then place a preprinted label with your PID and date of birth on the collection tube. When results are available, HallPass will text message you to login and view results.

You can login to HallPass at any time to see when you need another test and to reserve a time at a testing location.

HallPass  follows University policy and applicable federal and state data privacy laws and has completed the Data Security and Risk Assessment. The system uses the latest industry-standard security protocol and protects the member data with ongoing security checks and audits of the system.

Privacy Statement: Carolina Together Testing Program.

 

 

Where do I go to test if I am experiencing symptoms?

Students

If you are experiencing symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, immediately self-isolate and contact Campus Health. 

Campus Health may be reached through the HealthyHeels portal, or by calling 919-966-2281.

Employees

Employees should self-monitor for symptoms on a daily basis. Employees who develop fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and contact their primary care provider to arrange for medical evaluation and testing.

The University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC) no longer schedules COVID-19 testing for symptomatic employees. Please contact your primary care provider or obtain COVID-19 testing at one of your community testing locations. You do not need a physician’s order to obtain a COVID-19 test.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus? Is there a re-entry testing requirement?

 

 

Prior to arrival testing was required for unvaccinated students and for students living in Campus Housing. Read more in this campus message.

If you receive a positive result, do not return to campus for five days per CDC guidance and potentially put others at risk. After you have completed your isolation period, you are free to return to normal activities including moving back to campus and attending classes.

Please isolate in your current location and you will need to notify your instructors if you miss classes. Instructors should be as flexible as possible during these initial weeks of the semester as we anticipate some students will be delayed in their return.

If you cannot find a free community testing center, the University will reimburse testing costs for students required to get prior-to-arrival testing up to $65 with a receipt. Please save the receipt.

You can enter reimbursement information in ConnectCarolina using the Student Requirements Dashboard. Click on the COVID-19 Test Reimbursement tile. Reimbursement receipts are being accepted until March 25.

Reimbursements are only available if a COVID-19 test was required, i.e. for unvaccinated students and for students living in Carolina Housing. If you believe you are eligible for a reimbursement and are not seeing information in ConnectCarolina, please e-mail the COVID Student Care Hub at covidcareforstudents@unc.edu

Have you received a positive result in the past 90 days?

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days outside of CTTP and Campus Health and completed your required isolation, you can upload documentation of your positive test result. This will meet the requirement for prior-to-arrival testing.

 

How do I prepare for a test?

washing hands.

We want you to have the least amount of waiting possible and make the test as fast as possible for you. So before coming for your test:

  • Make sure you can access the HallPass website on your phone.  If you do not have a smart phone, no worries!  We can help when you get to the testing location.
  • Register for a Fast Pass time using HallPass. This will secure you a time to be tested.
  • Wear your mask and practice physical distancing the entire time you are in the testing location. The only time you will not need your mask is when you are collecting your specimen.
  • Wash your hands! When you get to the site, use the hand sanitizer provided.

Our goal is for you to get your test results in less than 48 hours. If your test is positive, students will be contacted by Campus Health or the Orange County Health Department and employees will be contacted by the local health department. Please make sure to answer the phone when they call since it will be a new number.

 

What type of test will I be having?

All Carolina Together Testing Centers will conduct anterior nares PCR based tests. No medical test is 100% accurate, and tests for COVID-19 are no exception. Nevertheless, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have played a critical role in responding to the pandemic and, where used aggressively, have helped to minimize spread. Among the widely used sample sources for PCR testing, most studies have shown nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs to be most sensitive (i.e., fewer false negative results).

UNC-Chapel Hill will use this sampling method for testing upon students’ arrival —as well as for testing for cause in individuals showing symptoms — as it provides the greatest chance of minimizing false negative results. PCR tests for COVID-19 are typically highly specific (i.e., few false positive results) because the tests detect genetic sequences unique to the virus that causes COVID-19. Laboratory results from around the country using the same testing methodology as UNC-Chapel Hill suggest that the false positive rate among people who are actually free of COVID-19 is considerably less than 1%.

 

 

What happens when I get a test?

Report to your testing site with your QR code ready and you will be given a test kit. Follow the steps below in order to ensure an accurate test result.

Blow Nose (if needed) and clean hands.

  • In order to get a good specimen, it’s important that both your nose and hands are clean.
  • Using a clean tissue, gently blow your nose and clear out any additional debris in both nostrils.
  • Apply enough hand sanitizer to cover all surfaces of hands. Rub hands including palms, back of hands, and between fingers until all surfaces are dry.

Open nasal swab.

  • Remove the nasal swab from the wrapper. Many open like a band-aid, where you pull the ends of the wrapper apart.
  • Be careful to only touch the swab handle, not the tip.

Swab nose.

  • Gently insert the entire soft tip of the swab into one nostril until you feel a bit of resistance.
  • Using medium pressure, rub the swab slowly in a circular motion around the inside wall of your nostril five times.
  • The swab tip should be touching the inside wall of your nostril through each rotation.
  • Repeat the same process with the same swab in the other nostril.

Put swab in tube.

  • While holding the swab, open the tube.
  • Put the swab tip first into the tube.
  • Break the swab at the break point.
  • Leave the tip with the swab in the tube and throw away the plastic tip.
  • Screw the cap back onto the tube tightly.
  • Wash your hands again with hand sanitizer.

 

What are you doing about accommodations at the testing site?

Accommodations

Faculty or staff with a disability or health condition seeking an accommodation should contact the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office at eoc@unc.edu.

Students with a disability or health condition seeking an accommodation should reach out to Accessibility and Resources at ars@unc.edu.

Reporting a Barrier

Campus testing sites are accessible in accordance with the ADA. However, if you experience a barrier, please report a barrier to the ADA Coordinator at eoc@unc.edu and alert an employee or volunteer at the testing center. If you need to come to the front of the line to be tested without waiting in line or request a chair to sit on due to your disability or medical condition, the testing staff is happy to help. Sites also have written instructions for you to read to follow the procedures and have a staff member with a clear mask in case you need to read lips. Please ask the staff at the site if you need something.

 

Additional Questions?

HallPass Issues

The ITS Service Desk provides technical and customer support to UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff for Hall Pass. You can access services via phone or live chat by going to the service portal.

Accessibility Concerns

If you are requesting assistance or accommodation from the Accessibility Resources and Services office, you may fill out a request form.

 

 

Can I request a testing exemption?

To maintain the effectiveness of the program, pre-approved exemptions from testing requirements will not be provided except in the case of compelling medical reasons supported by documentation from a health care provider.

If you have an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine, you will still participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program. For more information, visit the Carolina Together COVID-19 Vaccine page.

 

What if I am working or studying remotely?

Employees and students who come to campus for any reason are required to participate in regular testing if do not attest to their vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees and students who are working fully remotely and who are not coming to campus for any reason are not required to participate in regular testing.

I tested positive for COVID-19 and now I have the antibodies. Will I still be required to participate in the Carolina Testing Program in Fall 2021?

Students, faculty and staff may be exempted from HallPass testing for 90 days after a positive COVID-19 test.

Students should send proof of positive COVID-19 test to campushealth_records@unc.edu, and an exemption will be recorded for you.

Employees will send proof of a positive COVID-19 test to a yet to be determined inbox.

After 90 days, if the student or employee remains unvaccinated, they will be required to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program.

 

 

 

 

What happens if I miss a test?

During the course of the semester, there may be limited instances where an individual is unable to participate in a test because of illness, quarantine/isolation, being away from the local area, or other compelling reasons. In such instances, a student may continue to receive reminders from HallPass to participate in required, routine asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. In any instance where an individual misses a required test, it is their responsibility to (1) resume testing at the earliest opportunity and (2) maintain information or documentation supporting why a test was missed.

As part of its ongoing compliance and enforcement efforts, the University regularly reviews testing data to identify those who are not in compliance with the requirements of the program. At any time, the University may request information or documentation supporting the reason for a missed test to determine whether administrative or disciplinary action is warranted for non-compliance. Should the University request this information, as set forth in the COVID-19 Community Standards, everyone is expected to provide honest and accurate information.

Students providing false or misleading information for the purpose of avoiding Carolina Together Testing Program requirements may result in restriction on access to or use of University facilities, loss of funding, restrictions on activities and/or suspension or loss of University recognition. The University may also pursue additional disciplinary action in accordance with relevant University policies, including the UNC Honor Code. The University’s COVID-19 Administrative Process is posted on the  Student Conduct website.

Audits of vaccination attestations that exempt vaccinated individuals from testing will occur on a regular basis. Ultimately, students, faculty and staff who are non-compliant or are found to have falsified documents may be subject to disciplinary action.