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COVID Testing for Campus Community

Testing Locations

There are a variety of locations where you can receive a free PCR test in San Diego County, Riverside County and Orange County, including on the CSUSM campus in Lot B and via your health-care provider.

Weekly testing is no longer required for those with a medical or religious exemption.


  • Why is testing important?

    Regular testing has shown to be one of the best ways we can help stem a surge of coronavirus among asymptomatic individuals and keep our campus healthy and open. “Surveillance testing” (a public health term used by the CDC and healthcare agencies) – as opposed to diagnostic testing – is another means to identify and more quickly contain any potential outbreak once a positive contact is identified. 

  • Are rapid antigen testing kits available on campus?
    Rapid antigen testing kits will be available on campus starting Monday, Aug. 29. Students can request tests through Student Health & Counseling Services, and employees can request tests through the Covered Cougar Distribution Center. All individuals are encouraged to order a third round of free at-home tests through the U.S. Postal Service. When possible, employees are encouraged first to request at-home tests from their insurance provider, helping ensure that the campus supply of testing kits is readily available to our students. 
  • What if I test positive for COVID?

    You will need to immediately isolate in your residence for a minimum of 5 days from the date of the positive test, as per county public health requirements.

    CSUSM will also receive notice of a positive result so that staff can follow up and offer services and support. In compliance with state and county regulations, any positive test results will also be reported to San Diego County Health and Human Services Department.  

  • Am I considered “safe” or able to lower my guard after a negative COVID-19 test or full inoculation?

    No. Testing results only indicate whether you had the virus at the moment you took the test. This helps identify asymptomatic cases within the community and decreases the spread of the virus. Testing does not keep us negative in the future nor does it mean we can lower our guard or relax any COVID-19 precautions.

    While the COVID vaccine decreases your risk of contracting COVID-19, it does not guarantee full immunity. It is recommended that you continue to observe safe and healthy practices day-to-day.

  • Who do I contact if I have other questions?
    Please call (760) 750-7800 or email with any questions.