COVID-19 Testing for Emory Students

Students can schedule their on-campus COVID-19 tests on this link. If you are having trouble scheduling an on campus screening test, please contact us at


Together, we are reaching the final stretch of the semester. We have come this far because of your hard work and compassion for others. Thank you!

We have received a lot of questions about isolation and quarantine recently, so we've updated our Frequently Asked Questions with more details about these protocols and wanted to provide quick answers to a few of your most pressing questions.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine, and how long does each last? 

  • Isolation refers to the separation of sick people with COVID-19 (positive test or presumed positive) from people who are not sick.
    • Calculation: Day 1 of isolation is the first day of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, the day of the positive test.
    • Exit Day: Count out 10 days and exit on day 11.
    • *** If you are having symptoms and have not been confirmed as a positive case, you will be transferred back to your residence hall once your test results are negative. You will not have to stay in the hotel for the full 10 days.
  • Quarantine refers to the separation and restriction of the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick, regardless of the outcome of a COVID-19 test and regardless of whether the person is exhibiting symptoms. 
    • Calculation: Start with last day of exposure to a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (that day = Day 0).
    • Exit Day: Count 14 days and the exit day is day 15. 

Is it possible to complete isolation and/or quarantine at home?

Students who are medically stable may continue their isolation or quarantine at home if they are picked up by a parent, family member, or support person as arranged with their Isolation and Quarantine (IQ) Coordinator. Students should not access any public transportation (i.e., planes, trains, or Uber) in their efforts to travel home. They must finish out their 10 or 14 days of isolation or quarantine respectively at their final destination. 

What should I do to check out of my residence hall for winter break if I am currently in isolation or quarantine?

Students in isolation or quarantine after November 24 should contact Kayla Hamilton ( to arrange packing and check out from their residence hall room.

Will I be able to remain in isolation or quarantine on campus during winter break?

We hope everyone will be out of IQ. However, if needed, all services and support functions will remain in effect during the break. A festive meal will be provided on Thanksgiving and other winter celebrations. Lastly, you may find this checklist for travelling safely over winter break helpful as you prepare for the end of the semester.

Please don't hesitate to visit our website or contact Student Health Services at 404-727-7551 with any health-related concerns or needs.

Again, thank you for all that you have done and are doing to keep our community safe and healthy.

In Health,

Sharon Rabinovitz, MD
Executive Director, Student Health Services


Checklist for Winter Break Travel Within the United States

  1. Review your state’s reentry guidelines, which can be found  here. It is important to know the reentry requirements for your own situation.    

  2. Know your COVID-19 test status prior to traveling.  If you are a residential student, schedule a COVID-19 test before leaving campus.

    November 16-20: The current  antigen testing method will continue to be available at the WoodPEC and Emory Conference Center Hotel for all residential students.

    November 23-25: Saliva antigen testing will be available with a next day turnaround time for results at Emory Conference Center Hotel.

    Beginning November 23, we transition to saliva antigen-based testing on a platform called Quanterix.
    In addition to being much more comfortable a test, t he sensitivity and specificity of the test have been shown to be very high, and it is a valuable tool to keep you and your family safe. A communication from the University is forthcoming with additional details on the testing process.

  3. Get your flu vaccine if you have not done so to further protect yourself and your family. 
    Free flu shots are available for students from now through November 20 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel with your COVID test or by making an appointment at 
    Student Health Services.  

  4. Consider being tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after you arrive home.  

If you are an international student who plans to travel outside the United States for Winter Break – International Student Services and Support (ISSS) and the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) will send communications to arrange testing through Student Health Services (SHS) as most countries require a PCR test. 

Additional Testing Resources

Emory currently offers a rapid antigen test using a nasal swab (Anterior Nares) collection, administered by Peachtree Immediate Care. This will be available through November 20.

Beginning November 23, Emory will transition to a saliva antigen-based test on a platform called Quanterix. Test results will take a day to return. 

If you are a student traveling to a destination that requires a PCR test, please contact Student Health Services through the Student Patient Portal. A COVID Assessment Provider will call you back to make an appointment. Tests can also be accessed off-campus through the following providers/resources:

Fulton County
DeKalb County
CVS Pharmacy
Peachtree Immediate Care
Piedmont Urgent Care

The following services offer IgM antibody tests:

Certivia Laboratories
Gwinnett Clinic
Peachtree Immediate Care
Vitality Sciences


Summary of Testing Available

NAME OF TEST Quanterix EML PCR IGM antibody IGG antibody
COLLECTION METHOD Saliva NP Swab Blood test Blood test
TYPE OF TEST Protein Antigen test Molecular/nucleic acid/PCR Antibody Antibody
SYMPTOMATIC vs ASYMPTOMATIC Asymptomatic Symptomatic or Asymptomatic Asymptomatic-not a recommended test Asymptomatic-evaluates immunity
RESULTS TURNAROUND 12-24 hours 2-3 days (depends on volume) 2-7 days 2-7 days
DATES AVAILABLE beginning 11/23 by appointment only;
contact SHS COVID Assessment Provider
off campus by appointment only;
contact SHS COVID Assessment Provider
LOCATION ECCH SHS, off campus(see list above) off campus(see list above) SHS

Student Health Services

Emory University Student Health Services (EUSHS) provides outpatient care for enrolled Emory students with a valid Emory ID card. International student's spouses, Domestic Partners and unmarried children over 18 years of age are also eligible for primary medical care if they are currently enrolled in the Emory/Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.

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Atlanta, Georgia 30322

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