Testing & Tracing
Knowledge is power. That’s why testing and contact tracing are critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.
We’ve established a comprehensive testing and contact tracing system to help contain the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. The Brown-Lupton Health Center has been remodeled to accommodate keeping symptomatic students separated from other students during testing.
When to Get Tested
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, it is important to be screened.
Are you experiencing symptoms? Schedule a test as soon as you can.
- Schedule a test by phone or online. (see ‘Where to Get Tested’ below)
- Stay home and take care until you receive your test result.
- It is not necessary to go to an emergency room or hospital for a test.
Have you been exposed but do not have symptoms?
- Check testing schedules and aim for a test on day 5 after exposure. This will provide the most accurate test – testing too early may produce a false negative.
- If unvaccinated, quarantine until you are able to get tested and receive results. Report your results to TCU.
- If vaccinated, quarantining while awaiting testing and results is not necessary, but wearing a mask while waiting is recommended. Report your results to TCU.
Where to Get Tested
- Multiple locations available; hours of operation vary by location
- Sites serve the general public aged 10 and over
- Type of test available: PCR/NAAT
- Not a rapid testing location; results are typically available the same evening or next afternoon but may take 2-3 days depending on the demand for testing. Tarrant County Public Health contact you whether your results are positive or negative. If you have not received your test results in three days, please call 817-248-6299 and press option 4.
- The TCU Health Center serves current TCU students only
- Appointment required; call 817-257-7940 to schedule
- Located at 2825 Stadium Dr., on the TCU campus
- Fall & spring semester hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. (Students must check in by 4:30 p.m.)
- COVID-19 test types offered: in-house nasal PCR and rapid nasal antigen test; antibody test requiring send out
- Some PCR results are available within an hour
- Site is open to the entire TCU community and general public
- Must schedule an appointment online; walkups limited. Appointments may be limited due to demand.
- Located in Parking Lot 6, 2820 Stadium Drive, on the TCU campus
- Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- COVID-19 test types offered: Contactless PCR mouth swab
- Results in 28-48 hours, depending on volume of tests
- This location is run a partnership with Curative, and run by the state’s Texas Division of Emergency Management
- Open to the general public
- Make an appointment online
- Located at 3107 Greene Ave.; call 817-587-0465
- Open: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days/week
- Insurance accepted
- COVID-19 test types offered: PCR swab test, rapid test, antibody test
- Results typically take three to five days (swab test), two days for antibody test; rapid test results are usually available within an hour
TCU will work with Tarrant County Public Health to notify anyone known to have come in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. We won’t release the name of the affected person and we ask that the entire community support our efforts to protect others’ privacy. It is crucial that individuals be truthful and thorough in reporting to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing is critical in protecting the health of the most vulnerable in our community.
Instructor Notification Process
TCU has a proven effective process for notification and contact tracing when a student self-reports a positive test via the TCU online portal or is tested on campus. More details about case investigation, contact tracing and notification procedures for instructors are available. Additional FAQ for instructors and Academic Affairs are provided by the Office of the Provost.