Testing Resources for Students
Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell) should call their health care provider or the Student Health Clinic at 404-413-1930.
A health care professional can help determine if you should stay home while you recover or if you need to be evaluated in person. If you’re experiencing an emergency, call 404-413-3333 (on campus) or 911 (off campus).
Students with no symptoms of COVID-19 but who’d like to be tested should call their health care provider or the Student Health Clinic for consultation. While the Student Health Clinic is not providing testing for asymptomatic students, the staff can direct you to local testing sites, some of which offer free tests.
We’re asking students to not come to the Student Health Clinic without calling in advance. We’ll be assessing these calls on a case-by-case basis to determine how we can best help students who do not need acute care. Students can also make telehealth appointments through the Student Patient Portal at www.gsu.medicatconnect.com.
It is imperative that members of our university community who test positive for COVID-19 continue to report their status to the university so we can notify those from the Georgia State community who may have been in close contact (within six feet of the person who tested positive for 15 or more minutes) with the person who tested positive and advise them of the next steps to take. The identity of the person who tested positive is always kept confidential by the university and not disclosed to the close contacts.
This report is intended to provide a mechanism for the Georgia State University community members to self-report positive COVID-19 diagnoses, suspected positive diagnoses, direct exposure or presumed exposure. This information is given voluntarily and will only be shared with the Student Health Clinic, the Dean of Students (for students) and Human Resources (for employees) for the purposes of providing support, symptom monitoring, and close contact identification.
Responsibility for investigating positive cases and identifying those at risk of exposure lies with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia’s county health departments. Georgia State has partnered with our state and county health departments, assisting with that activity, by investigating cases reported to the university through our reporting system. Teams of Georgia State faculty, staff and students are being trained in case investigation and contact tracing. They will be contacting those members of the university community who are reported as positive cases and following up with those individuals who are determined to have been at risk for exposure to COVID-19 at Georgia State.
Forms of Testing
Georgia State will be using two forms of COVID-19 testing this fall. We are staffing multiple sites across our campuses where COVID-19 testing will be available to individuals for whom a test is indicated.
- PCR Testing: This test, requiring swabbing of the nasopharyngeal cavity, is the most accurate. We have capacity on-campus to process a limited number of these tests in less than 24 hours, and we are prioritizing its use as follows:
- Symptomatic students seen at any of the Student Health Clinics.
- Weekly testing of random subsets of students living in university housing.
- Students as required for participation in university-sponsored activities, for example, athletics, clinical experiences and ROTC.
- Saliva Testing: Georgia State has purchased a supply of saliva-based test kits that will be available on our campuses to anyone who is identified through case investigation as having been at risk for exposure to COVID-19 at Georgia State. This FDA-approved test is expected to return results within in 72 hours.
Testing Resources for the Public
by Campus Proximity
Fulton County Health Department mobile site – 130 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Testing provided regardless of symptoms and free of charge. Call 404-613-8150 to schedule an appointment.
Center for Health and Rehabilitation – 265 Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Testing provided regardless of symptoms and free of charge. Call 404-613-8150 to schedule an appointment or walk in to get tested.
Walmart Mobile Testing – 1825 Rockbridge Rd. SW, Stone Mountain, GA 30087. Testing provided regardless of symptoms and free of charge. Call (800) 635-8611 for an appointment.
Fulton County Board of Health – Alpharetta Drive-Thru, 4700 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30005. Testing provided regardless of symptoms and free of charge. Call 404-613-8150 for an appointment.
These organizations are offering testing in multiple sites.
- Georgia Department of Health – Testing provided regardless of symptoms and free of charge.
- Community Organized Relief Effort – Testing provided regardless of symptoms and free of charge.
- CVS – Testing is free if you qualify based on risk and symptoms.
- Peachtree Immediate Care – Testing provided regardless of symptoms but there may be a charge.
- Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet – Testing provided regardless of symptoms but there may be a charge.
- Walgreens – Testing is free if you qualify based on risk and symptoms.
- Local Independent Pharmacies – Testing is free if you qualify based on risk and symptoms.
- Quest Diagnostics – Testing is free if you qualify based on risk and symptoms.