UCOP COVID-19 Testing Program

Effective June 27, 2023, UCOP’s COVID-19 testing program is as follows:

Regular testing for employees and contractors is optional: We are discontinuing the mandatory testing program and testing will be optional going forward, which allows for greater flexibility for those who work on-site. If you would like, you can continue to test and request UCOP-supplied test kits. We strongly encourage you to keep a small test kit supply at home and test if you have symptoms or were exposed to someone with a confirmed positive case. This will continue to help us identify COVID-19 cases before coming on site. As a reminder, positive case reports are tracked and can be found on the COVID-19 positive case reporting dashboard.

Daily testing is required for UCOP-sponsored meetings/events with 20 or more people:
Testing will still be required for events/meetings anticipated to have 20 or more attendees (including support staff). Attendees will continue to test on the first day of the event/meeting and each day thereafter. This will help ensure everyone attending is free of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of transmission.

Testing location

Preferred location: If you choose to test, UCOP prefers that everyone conduct testing at home prior to entering UCOP facilities. UCOP employees should use tests from their UCOP-provided supply. Business-related visitors, UCOP contractors, and vendors may use tests they already have at home and request a replacement through UCOP.

On-site testing: Each UCOP location has a designated testing area for UCOP employees who forget to test at home or have not picked up a test supply, visitors, contractors and vendors. If testing on-site, you must wait 15 minutes for your test result prior to entering workspaces or meeting areas. The locations and hours for on-site testing are:

  • Oakland: Lobby 2 | Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Riverside: First floor conference room | Monday-Friday 8 – 10 a.m.
  • Sacramento: Back kitchen alcove | Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Washington D.C.: Multi-purpose room A | Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Requesting and picking up COVID-19 tests

Request form (all locations, except UCDC): UCOP COVID-19 Testing Program - Pick-up Request SmartSheet

UCOP employees and UCOP contractors: UCOP employees who regularly work on-site will receive three tests each time a request is submitted.

UCOP employees and UCOP contractors: UCOP employees who regularly work on-site will receive three tests each time a request is submitted

Business-related visitors and vendors: May use a personally provided test to test at home or request a test through the UCOP COVID-19 Testing Program SmartSheet Request Form.

Approved special requests (e.g., UCOP-sponsored meeting or conference): If you are planning to host an on-site UCOP-sponsored meeting, Meeting Organizers may request a supply of test kits to cover all attendees. UCOP employees attending the meeting or event should use a test from their UCOP-provided supply. Meeting Organizers may submit a request for tests using the UCOP-Sponsored Event COVID-19 Test Request Form via Smartsheet. See the Temporary UCOP-sponsored event and meeting COVID-19 protocols for more information.

Test pick-up location and hours by location:


  • Location: Work Management Center (pass the Franklin lobby near the Broadway-Franklin building interchange)
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • Location: Security desk
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Washington, D.C.:

  • Location: Main lobby security desk
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Friday | 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Testing frequency

Employees and Contractors: 

  • Testing is optional.


  • Business-related visitors: If attending a UCOP-sponsored event or meeting anticipated to have 20 or more attendees (including support staff), visitors should test each day of the event prior to participating in meeting/event activities.
  • Non-business-related visitors: Not required to test and not eligible for a UCOP-provided test.

Actions to take by test result

For all test results – negative, positive or invalid – employees, contractors, vendors and visitors must take the appropriate steps below based on their negative, positive or invalid test result.

Negative Test Result
  • You may come on-site.

Positive Test Result

At-home testing

  • Do not come on-site
  • Take a picture of the positive test result and store the picture on your phone for the next 60 days. If you do not have a smartphone, skip this step.
  • Report your positive case of COVID-19 by following instructions on the UCOP Exposure Management webpage

On-site testing

  • Leave the building immediately and keep away from others. If you cannot leave due to physical duress or transportation issues, go to the designated isolation room for your location (e.g., Lobby 2 in Oakland) to wait for assistance or transportation to arrive.
  • Report your positive case of COVID-19 by following instructions on the UCOP Exposure Management webpage

Invalid Test Result

In some cases, the test may be invalid. An invalid test means the test was unable to determine whether you have COVID-19 or not. If you receive an invalid result, you should retake the rapid test using a new test kit.