Saliva Test Now Offered at State Drive-Through Testing Site
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Miners and their families now have another COVID-19 testing option at the state drive-through testing site in the Schuster 1 parking lot. Starting this week, the site is offering saliva testing to detect COVID-19.
Saliva-based testing for COVID-19 is less invasive than nasal or oral swab tests, but it is just as effective at detecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Nasal or oral swab tests involve rubbing the back of the nose or throat with a cotton swab to collect a sample. The saliva test is conducted by a technician and involves scrubbing the inside of the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, and lips, with an oral swab until the swab is thoroughly saturated with saliva.
Do not eat, drink or put anything in your mouth for 15 minutes prior to collecting your saliva sample.
The state drive-through testing site at UTEP includes dedicated lanes for UTEP employees, students, and their families, as well as lanes for the general public. The saliva test will be offered in the UTEP lanes and the general public lanes.
To access the UTEP lanes for a saliva test or nasal swab, you will need to show your Miner Gold Card. The testing site is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday to current Miners and their family members in the same vehicle.
You can expect to receive results by email within 48 hours for either the nasal swab test or the saliva test.
UTEP students and employees who are required to be on campus and are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms are eligible to be tested at the on-campus walk-up testing sites, which offer oral and nasal swab tests, Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary for the walk-up or drive-through testing sites.
For more information and a testing schedule, please visit utep.edu/covidtesting.
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