Testing tells you if you’re infected with COVID-19. As of 2/1/22, here are options for FREE testing:
(1) State locator for testing here.
You can pick-up self-administered test kits in Amherst:
- at the Bangs Center, Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- at the adult desk in the Jones Library during open hours
Collection boxes are located on and off campus. The Amherst drop-off site is at the Bangs Center. Please follow ALL directions carefully when using a self-administered test.
WHAT KIND OF TESTS CAN WE USE TO FIND OUT IF WE ARE INFECTED WITH COVID-19?
PCR Tests: are the most sensitive tests available and can take 24-48 hours to get results. In the 3rd Hampshire District, the UMass site uses PCR testing. These tests can detect the virus before you are contagious and long after. Testing is free.
Home Rapid Tests: these offer an extra layer of protection when you are planning to gather inside with people who do not live with you. Rapid tests give you a snapshot of whether or not you have enough viral load to be contagious at the time you take the test. These test results can be generated in 10-15 minutes.
Free Rapid Tests by Mail from the Feds
As of January 19, 2022 every American household is eligible to order four free rapid tests online per residential address. You can order them online at: www.covidtests.gov. If you’re having trouble ordering them online you can order them by phone at 1-800-232-0233 or TTY 1-888-720-7489.
If You Test Positive
If you test positive: 1) isolate yourself for 5 days (if you’re symptomatic, continue until you’re not symptomatic) 2) call your medical provider 3) monitor your symptoms. More information on taking a self-test and what actions to take based on results.
Rapid tests are sold in pharmacies, stores, online and other sellers.