The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is expanding access to COVID-19 testing as the campus community prepares for the end of the fall semester on Nov. 25.
Starting Nov. 16, any member of the campus community can receive a free COVID-19 test at the university’s two testing locations. To participate, students, faculty and staff must schedule an appointment.
The East Stadium Loop testing site will allow for both walk-up and drive-through testing. Register for an appointment at the East Stadium Loop site here. An appointment can be scheduled through Dec. 6 for this location. The East Stadium Loop site has previously been used for the university’s randomized mitigation testing program.
The 17th and R Street (TestNebraska) site continues to offer testing via walk-up only. Register for an appointment at the 17th and R Street parking garage site here. Appointments can be scheduled up to four days ahead at this location.
“Our hope is that any member of the campus community — particularly students preparing to return home — who wants to get tested before an end-of-the-semester travel can do so on campus,” said Jennifer Nelson, director of research strategy and member of the university’s COVID-19 Public Health Advocacy Team. “This is especially important as we work to limit the spread, especially for members of our campus community who could unknowingly bring COVID-19 home and expose family or friends.”
The expanded testing at both campus locations will be offered through Dec. 6. Testing appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that students, faculty and staff schedule a test at least 72 hours in advance of travel.
To further limit exposure to the virus as the Nov. 25 end of the semester approaches, students, faculty and staff can:
Limit interactions as much as possible with others starting two weeks before travel is planned;
Be cautious and follow these tips during travel;
If around an individual from a high-risk population, be sure to wear a facial covering and remain at least six-feet apart to limit unknowingly passing along the virus.
Anyone quarantining due to exposure to COVID-19 or in isolation due to a positive test should postpone travel until the end of quarantine or isolation. If travel is absolutely necessary during that time, contact the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-8053 to discuss additional precautions.
The university continues to offer resources to help the campus community end the fall semester successfully.
Faculty and staff can find on campus support — from counseling to financial assistance — through the Employee Assistance Program.