COVID-19 Testing for Emory Students

August 2020

Emory is committed to creating a welcoming and safe environment for our newest university students and those students who will be returning to campus this fall. We are implementing new safety measures to ensure our community is healthy upon arrival to campus. COVID-19 testing will be required for all students who plan to be on campus this fall. 

Emory has hired Peachtree Immediate Care to perform the COVID-19 testing at multiple locations on the Atlanta and Oxford Campus.

Students can schedule their on-campus COVID-19 tests to align as closely as possible with their campus arrival dates. Below you will find additional information pertaining to the on-campus testing process.

Students who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 should not access testing through this method and follow the directions listed below under "For Students with Symptoms or Exposures"

Please visit the Student Health Services website for further information related to ​isolation, quarantine, or contact tracing for COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Testing for Arriving Emory Students


Emory has partnered with Peachtree Immediate Care to perform return-to-campus COVID-19 testing. Peachtree will conduct the rapid antigen test using a nasal swab (Anterior Nares) collection. Results are processed onsite while you wait.

Testing site staff will wear required personal protective gear and practice safe medical protocols consistent with public health and CDC guidelines for this type of testing.

Face coverings/masks are required to enter any of the testing locations.

Plan for your testing visit to be 60 minutes or less. However, during high volume testing periods, processing time may be longer. Additionally, unexpected delays may occur (e.g., inclement weather, health emergencies, etc.). We appreciate your support and patience with this very important return-to-campus testing process.

All students are required to print, complete, and sign a HIPAA Authorization form (authorizing Peachtree Immediate Care to release the COVID-19 test result to Emory) and a Consent Treatment form (consenting to testing and authorizing Emory, Peachtree and a third party laboratory to release identifiable information and medical information as stated in the consent) prior to testing. Please print, sign and bring these items with you. If the patient (student) is under 18 years old, the HIPAA Authorization form must be signed by the patient’s parent or legal guardian on behalf of the patient.

If a student on the Atlanta campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access care through the Student Health Patient Portal and message the “COVID-19 Assessment Provider,” who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student calls Student Health Services at 404.727.7551 and presses “0” for the medical call center.

If a student on the Oxford campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access the Oxford Student Health Portal and message the "COVID-19 Assessment Provider," who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student calls Student Health Services at 770.784.8376.

For those students who have had COVID-19 over the past 3 months, please access the Student Health Portal and send a message to the COVID Assessment Provider ​and upload the documentation of your positive test (antigen, PCR or antibody test) on the Immunization tab within the Portal.

For students who have had a recent negative COVID-19 test, you must still be tested for COVID-19 using the same processes and procedures as outlined on this page regardless of when your last test was administered. 

Emory will have two types of testing facilities: drive-thru and walk-up. Both will require everyone to wear a face covering/ mask in compliance with the university face covering policy.

  • Drive-thru testing locations are for students arriving to campus in their personal vehicles.
  • Walk-up testing locations are for students arriving to campus via rideshare, bus/shuttle or other modes of transportation.
For those students who have had COVID-19 over the past 3 months, please access the Student Health Portal and send a message to the COVID Assessment Provider ​and upload the documentation of your positive test (antigen, PCR or antibody test) on the Immunization tab within the Portal.
Reminder: Drive-thru testing is ONLY for ASYMPTOMATIC students arriving to Emory. 
  • Students are required to wear a face covering throughout the testing process (except during nasal swab collection where they will be asked to lower their face covering below the nose).
  • Vehicles will enter the testing site and immediately fill into a line and follow these steps:
    • Identification: All students will be asked to show their Emory IDs to confirm identity (first-year students who do not yet have their Emory IDs will be asked to show government issued identification).
    • Welcome Kit: While in the line, an Emory staff member will welcome students to the site and give each student an Emory Safety Tool Kit containing important safety items along with a health and safety ​brochure.  
    • Health Screening: A Peachtree Immediate Care healthcare professional will approach the vehicle and ask the student a series of screening questions. These screening questions are important to identify whether or not a student is symptomatic. 
    • COVID-19 Test: Once screening questions are complete, the student will move through the vehicle line to the swabbing area. A representative from Peachtree Immediate Care will perform the nasal swab.
    • Waiting Area: Once the student swab collection has been completed, the driver of the vehicle will be directed to park the vehicle in a designated spot while awaiting test results. Results are generally available in 20-30 minutes. Students and those accompanying them should remain in their vehicles during the resulting period.
Reminder: Walk-up testing is ONLY for ASYMPTOMATIC students arriving to Emory. 
  • Walk-up testing locations are for students arriving to campus via rideshare, bus/shuttle or other modes of transportation.
  • Students are required to wear a face covering/mask throughout the testing process (except during nasal swab collection where they will be asked to lower their face covering below the nose).
    • Check In: Upon arrival to the testing site, all students will be asked to show their Emory IDs to confirm identity (first-year students who do not yet have their Emory IDs will be asked to show government issued identification). If students have belongings with them, they will be stored in a secure location during the testing period.
    • Physical Distance: Students will be put into the testing line physically distanced from others at all times except during the swabbing procedure.
    • Welcome Kit: While in the line, an Emory staff member will welcome students to the site and give each student an Emory Safety Tool Kit containing important safety items along with a health and safety ​brochure.
    • Health Screening: A Peachtree Immediate Care healthcare professional will approach the student and ask a series of screening questions. These screening questions are important to identify if a student is symptomatic. 
    • COVID-19 Test: Once screening questions are complete, students will move through the line to the swabbing area. A representative from Peachtree Immediate Care will perform the nasal swab.
    • Waiting Area: Once the student swab collection has been completed, the student will be directed to the resulting wait area. Results are generally available in 20-30 minutes.
  • If You Have a Negative COVID-19 Test Result: You will receive a text message from Peachtree Immediate Care indicating you may now leave the testing area. 
  • If You Have a Positive COVID-19 Test Result: A representative from Peachtree Immediate Care will provide you with discharge paperwork containing guidance on next steps.
    • Residential students will receive information regarding transitioning to temporary isolation housing at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel.
    • Non-residential students will receive information regarding isolation in their off-campus residences.

It is very important, particularly during a pandemic that all students are immunized against vaccine preventable diseases. If you have not done so, please upload your immunization documents and submit your vaccination dates into the student health patient portal. Immunization compliance is a requirement for return-to-campus activities. If you are noncompliant upon arriving on campus, you will be directed to Student Health Services for an immunization assessment prior to housing check in. Immunizations that require a series of vaccinations can be completed after arrival.

For students who are not participating in on-campus activities this fall (or living in the Atlanta area) immunization records must be received by October 1, 2020 to avoid a registration hold for the Spring term.

Please visit the Student Health Services website for further information related to COVID-19 Isolation, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing on the COVID-19 Guide.

If a student on the Atlanta campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access care through the Student Health Patient Portal and message the “COVID-19 Assessment Provider,” who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student calls Student Health Services at 404.727.7551 and presses “0” for the medical call center.

If a student on the Oxford campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access the Oxford Student Health Portal and message the "COVID-19 Assessment Provider," who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student calls Student Health Services at 770.784.8376.

For urgent medical concerns and symptoms, call 404-727-7551 and press “0” for further assessment and instructions. Go to the ER or call 911 for severe symptoms of shortness of breath, high fever, chest pain, dizziness, or confusion.  

COVID-19 Testing FAQs


Yes. COVID-19 testing will be required for all students who have are in Atlanta, have access to campus and/or plan to be on campus this fall.

You can schedule your on-campus COVID-19 test to align as closely as possible with your campus arrival date.

If you are having trouble accessing the link form above, please contact us at RTC-studentcovidtesting@emory.edu.

If a student on the Atlanta campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access care through the Student Health Patient Portal and message the “COVID-19 Assessment Provider,” who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student calls Student Health Services at 404.727.7551 and presses “0” for the medical call center.

If a student on the Oxford campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access the Oxford Student Health Portal and message the "COVID-19 Assessment Provider," who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student calls Student Health Services at 770.784.8376.

For those students who have had a positive COVID-19 test less than 3 months ago, please access the Student Health Portal and send a message to the COVID Assessment Provider ​and upload the documentation of your positive test (antigen or PCR) on the Immunization tab within the Portal. Repeat testing is not needed at this time. 

If your positive test was over 3 months since the onset of symptoms, you will need repeat testing. Antibody testing will be not be accepted at this time per CDC guidelines.

Appointments are required for each test. Please schedule your appointment using the link below. Sites are open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Sites will be closed on bank holidays.

Student's can sign up here: https://www.emory.edu/forward/studentcovidtestschedule

The link below should allow you to re-schedule a test. If you are still experiencing trouble, clear your cache or try in a new browser.  https://www.emory.edu/forward/studentcovidtestschedule

Peachtree Immediate Care will conduct the rapid antigen test using a nasal swab (Anterior Nares) collection. Results will be processed onsite while you wait. 

Emory has partnered with Peachtree Immediate Care to perform all return-to-campus COVID-19 testing.  Peachtree Immediate Care is a member of the Emory Healthcare Network – a clinically integrated network of Emory-employed and private-practice physicians who work together to create a single comprehensive care management system.

Individuals may only hold one appointment at a time. Once your current appointment has passed, you can use the link below to schedule another appointment.

https://www.emory.edu/forward/studentcovidtestschedule

We have changed the registration app slightly and test appointments will now be made available on a rolling schedule, only showing availability for the upcoming week. For example, available appointments will be shown for September 1-7 on September 1. Available appointments for September 8 would be made available on September 2.

Please use the link below to register your appointment. 

https://www.emory.edu/forward/studentcovidtestschedule

No one should return to campus until they have been cleared with a negative test and have completed all of their onboarding elements.

Yes! Please remember to wear a face covering when you enter any Emory testing location. Everyone is to wear a face covering/mask in compliance with the university face covering policy.

Testing site staff will wear required personal protective gear and practice safety medical protocols consistent with public health and CDC guidelines for this type of testing.

Please plan for your testing visit to be 60 minutes or less. During high-volume testing periods, it is possible that processing time may take even longer. Additionally, unexpected delays may occur (e.g., inclement weather, health emergencies, etc.). We appreciate your support and patience with this very important return-to-campus testing process.

Yes. It is very important, particularly during a pandemic that all students are immunized against vaccine preventable diseases. If you have not done so, please upload your immunization documents and submit your dates into the student health patient portal. Immunization compliance is a requirement for return to campus activities. If you are noncompliant upon arriving on campus, you will be directed to Student Health Services for an immunization assessment prior to housing check in. Immunizations that require a series of vaccinations, can be completed after arrival.

For students who are not participating in on-campus activities this fall (or living in the Atlanta area) immunzation records must be recieved by October 1, 2020 to avoid a registration hold for the spring term.

All students are required to print, complete, and sign a HIPAA Authorization form (authorizing Peachtree Immediate Care to release the COVID-19 test result to Emory) and a Consent Treatment form (consenting to testing and authorizing Emory, Peachtree and a third party laboratory to release identifiable information and medical information as stated in the consent) prior to testing (parent's signature needed for students under 18 years of age). Please remember to bring these signed forms with you when you arrive on campus for testing.

PLEASE NOTE: Testing is by appointment only which can be accessed by the following schedule

Hard copies of the HIPAA and consent forms will be available at the test site.

If a student on the Atlanta campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access care through the Student Health Patient Portal and message the “COVID-19 Assessment Provider,” who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student calls Student Health Services at 404.727.7551 and presses “0” for the medical call center.

If a student on the Oxford campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access the Oxford Student Health Portal and message the "COVID-19 Assessment Provider," who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student calls Student Health Services at 770.784.8376.

For urgent medical concerns and symptoms, call 404-727-7551 and press “0” for further assessment and instructions. Go to the ER or call 911 for severe symptoms of shortness of breath, high fever, chest pain, dizziness, or confusion.  

Emory will have two types of testing facilities, drive-thru and walk-up both by appointment only. Click here to schedule your appointment.

Reminder: Drive-thru and walk-up arrival testing is ONLY for ASYMPTOMATIC students. 

No, the university is covering the cost of the required rapid tests.

Reminder: Drive-thru arrival testing is ONLY for ASYMPTOMATIC students. 

Students are required to wear a face covering throughout the testing process (except during nasal swab collection where they will be asked to lower their face covering below the nose). Vehicles will enter the testing site and immediately fill into a queue and follow these steps:

  • Identification: All students will be asked to show their Emory IDs to confirm identity (first-year students who do not yet have their Emory IDs will be asked to show government issued identification).
  • Welcome Kit: While in the queue, an Emory staff member will welcome you to the site and give each student an Emory Safety Tool Kit containing important safety items along with a health and safety brochure.
  • Health Screening: A Peachtree Immediate Care healthcare professional will approach the vehicle and ask the student a series of screening questions. These screening questions are important to identify if a student is symptomatic. 
  • COVID-19 Test: Once screening questions are completed, you will move through the vehicle queue to the swabbing area. A representative from Peachtree Immediate Care will perform the nasal swab.
  • Waiting Area: Once the student swab collection has been completed, the driver of the vehicle will be directed to park the vehicle in a designated spot while awaiting test results. Results are generally available in 20-30 minutes. Students and those accompanying them should remain in their vehicles during the resulting period.

Reminder: Walk-up arrival testing is ONLY for ASYMPTOMATIC students. 

Walk-up testing locations are for students arriving to campus via rideshare, bus/shuttle or other modes of transportation. Students are required to wear a face covering throughout the testing process (except during nasal swab collection where they will be asked to lower their face covering below the nose).

  • Check In: Upon arrival to the testing site, all students will be asked to show their Emory IDs to confirm identity (first-year students who do not yet have their Emory IDs will be asked to show government issued identification). If students have belongings with them, they will be stored in a secure location during the testing period.
  • Physical Distance: Students will be put into the testing line physically distanced from others at all times except during the swabbing procedure.
  • Welcome Kit: While in the queue, an Emory staff member will welcome you to the site and give each student an Emory Safety Tool Kit containing important safety items along with a health and safety brochure.
  • Health Screening: A Peachtree Immediate Care healthcare professional will approach the student and ask the student a series of screening questions. These screening questions are important to identify if a student is symptomatic. 
  • COVID-19 Test: Once screening questions are completed, you will move through the queue to the swabbing area. A representative from Peachtree Immediate Care will perform the nasal swab.
  • Waiting Area: Once the student swab collection has been completed, the student will be directed to the resulting wait area. Results are generally available in 20-30 minutes.

If you have a negative COVID-19 test result, you will receive a text message from Peachtree Immediate Care indicating you may now leave the testing area. 

If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, a representative from Peachtree Immediate Care will provide you with discharge paperwork containing guidance on next steps.

  • Residential students will receive information regarding transitioning to temporary isolation housing at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel and an assessment by Student Health Services.
  • Non-residential students will receive information regarding isolation in their off-campus residence and an assessment by Student Health Services.

Yes, it can be useful to prepare in case of a positive COVID test result. If a student tests positive, they may need to leave their housing and move into a second location for isolation or quarantine. If so, a "Go Bag" can be useful. We recommend packing the following items into a go-bag:

  • Chronic medications to last for 2 weeks
  • Computer, cell phone, headphones and accessory items like chargers
  • Academic items and books
  • Clothes and underwear (enough for a week as laundry is available) 
  • Personal items – toothpaste, toothbrush, hair products, feminine products, deodorant, glasses/contacts, retainer, and skin medications
  • Pillow and other comfort items

Student Health COVID Services

If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing, or any another type of medical emergency, call 911 or 404-727-6111 on campus.

COVID Phone Numbers

SHS COVID Screening 404-727-7551 and Press 0

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COVID Student Patient Portal

Send a message to the “COVID Assessment Provider” on your online patient portal and fill out the form to recieve a call back for further directions.

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