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COVID-19 Testing Options

Testing Guidance - Fall 2023

COVID Response Center strongly recommends that employees, faculty, and students complete a COVID-19 test before returning to UC Merced .


Testing Options:

Self-Administered Antigen Tests: FREE antigen test kits are available for pick-up to students, staff and faculty at the following locations. (Due to limited supplies, you may pick up 4 tests per month.)  

*IMPORTANT NOTICE:  ACON Laboratories, Inc: Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests have an expiration date that is extended by 12 months granted by the FDA on March 15, 2023. *

  • Student Health Services (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm)

    • Located on the second floor of the Health and Athletic Center

  • Occupational Health (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm)

    • Located on the second floor of the Joseph E. Gallo Recreation & Wellness Center

  • **HAC and SAAC training room - Student Athletes ONLY

  • **Campus Residents ONLY - contact RA (Resident Assistant)

  • Campus Map of Distribution Points


  • You can also order free tests through USPS to be delivered to you.


Campus Map of Distribution Points - Click to download


Antigen Tests:


PCR Tests:

Please note that the asymptomatic saliva testing at UC Merced ended on May 18, 2022.