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COVID-19 Testing Resources

Last updated on Aug 24, 2021

Self-directed COVID-19 testing is an important way to support health and safety on campus. Please use the resources below to access testing options.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19, you must immediately quarantine. If you are vaccinated, you should get tested 3-5 days following the known exposure and you may return to campus after receiving a negative test result, assuming you continue to be symptom-free. If you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, you should be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after the last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine. You should be in quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus, assuming you are symptom-free at that time.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must immediately quarantine and isolate from others for at least 10 days. If you do not have any symptoms, you should still isolate at home for 10 days and then you may return to campus. If you develop symptoms, continue to isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms began as long as symptoms have improved, and no fever is present for at least 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications. You may then return to campus. This protocol applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

In all of the above instances, you must notify HR immediately. CCA will cooperate with public health officials to facilitate contact tracing to help identify and contact individuals who may have been exposed. These protocols reflect the guidelines shared by OSHA and the CDC. Please reach out to your healthcare provider directly if you have any concerns about your health or your symptoms worsen.

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing for Unvaccinated Staff/Students/Faculty

Effective September 1, 2021, CCA requires surveillance testing for faculty, students and staff who are regularly on campus (at least once per week, consistently or living in a CCA residence hall) and have received an exemption from the on campus vaccination requirement. This program is intended to supplement current health and safety protocols. Any unvaccinated faculty, students or staff who will be on campus regularly during the Fall 2021 semester will be required to participate. 

For ongoing surveillance testing, all unvaccinated on campus members will be required to be tested (PCR COVID-19 test) once per week. Testing notifications and results will be stored in Workday, and employees and students should log their test results within 1 hour of receiving a positive result and 24 hours of receiving a negative result. CCA will not be routinely collecting lab test result documentation for faculty and staff, but there may be special circumstances where a faculty or a staff member may be required to disclose their lab result to Human Resources. Students will be required to upload test results to Workday following the steps found here.

Testing compliance is an important part of maintaining the health and safety of the CCA community. Human Resources will oversee and address non-compliance concerns with employees. The Dean of Students Office will oversee and address non-compliance concerns with students. Residential students who decline to participate in testing will be required to quarantine for 10 days or until they complete a PCR COVID-19 test. Off-campus students approved to use campus facilities will be asked to leave campus immediately and will not be eligible to return until providing a negative test result.

Anyone requiring an accommodation due to a health need should email

Staff & Faculty Testing Resources

Staff who are required to be on campus are considered essential employees and therefore able to receive free PCR COVID-19 testing through their medical providers. It is recommended that you access testing through your medical provider. Currently, no faculty are required to be on campus. However, if a faculty member teaching a hybrid course opts to be on campus regularly, they would be eligible to receive free testing.

If you are currently on a CCA medical plan, please visit the HR portal page on Benefits for more details on how to access testing through your provider.

Kaiser Permanente Information

For community members who are enrolled with Kaiser as their medical provider, please know that the Mission Bay and Oakland Kaiser Permanente Health Centers offer COVID-19 testing. Please use the e-visit process to request a COVID-19 test - drive through, walk-in or by appointment.

Other Medical Providers

Staff and faculty may request COVID-19 testing directly from their medical provider, or it may be more efficient to access an urgent care facility that offers COVID-19 testing. Some options are listed below:

Government-operated Testing

Student Testing Resources

Students with an approved exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination policy are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing and to upload in Workday COVID-19 test results. Additional resources and details are listed below:

  • The COVID-19 test results uploaded need to be swab for current infection (PCR test, not an antibody test or rapid test)
  • If you test positive leave campus and notify immediately
  • Residential students must leave campus, notify their roommate, begin quarantine immediately, and then notify
  • If you are currently residing in the Bay Area, there are options in both San Francisco and Oakland or you can schedule through your primary care doctor
  • If you are on the College's Health Insurance please visit the portal for support and resources