Testing, Isolation & Quarantine


Asheville Area Testing Sites

UNC Asheville’s Health and Counseling Center is continuing to offer COVID testing. You can contact the Health and Counseling Center by calling 828.251.6520.

A list of COVID-19 testing sites in the Asheville area is also available on the Health & Counseling website. UNC Asheville has an established relationship with the Range Urgent Care Center, which is in close proximity to campus and offers COVID-19 testing, and expands the medical resources available to students. Mercy Urgent Care and the MAHEC clinic also offer testing.

Testing for employees is covered under the state health plan through area health care providers.

See the FAQ for Vaccines & Testing for more information.

Checking Symptoms

All students, faculty, and staff should check for symptoms related to COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. We recommend using the COVID-19 symptom checker located on the Buncombe County Health Department website. The Buncombe County Health Department is responsible for following up with students, faculty, and staff regarding their medical concerns related to the symptom checker, and they will be expected to adhere to any recommendations communicated to them.

Rapid Tests

The CDC provides more information for the Rapid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2.

Protocol for Positive Tests

It is recognized that one of the most important strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19 is through the quick identification of positive cases and conducting contact tracing to minimize further spread of the virus.  Contract tracing is the responsibility of the Buncombe County Health Department; however, the Health and Counseling staff will work collaboratively with them to identify potential cases. Designated health staff will be trained using a formal contact tracing educational program to assist the Health Department in these efforts. Quarantine and isolation areas have been equipped on campus, which will allow the University to follow the recommendations of the Buncombe County Health Department when COVID-19 cases have been identified.

If an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19, we will use contact tracing to determine the physical spaces on campus to be cleaned by a qualified third-party vendor approved by Environmental Health and Safety. If a residence hall has a confirmed positive case that area would also be disinfected by qualified third-party vendor. University staff will resume daily cleaning after the initial disinfection.

Testing Protocols for Athletics

As part of the campus community, all student-athletes and athletics staff are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Student-athletes who are unvaccinated adhere to the testing schedule set by the UNC System and the NCAA COVID protocols, which requires testing based on the level of community spread and during competition season.

A positive test follows campus protocols of contact tracing, quarantine and isolation. in accordance with local public health authority guidance. Read more on UNC Asheville’s Athletics COVID protocols for the spring 2022 semester.

See the latest COVID updates on uncabulldogs.com for more information.

Quarantine & Isolation

On-campus quarantine and isolation spaces are available for students who live on-campus.

High Risk Individuals

Every person and every situation matters. We will work with every student, staff and faculty to optimize their experience to the best of our ability while following the latest health guidance.

Information from NCDHHS

NCDHHS has also adopted updated guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which outlines what individuals should do if they contract or are exposed to COVID-19 to help slow the spread to others:

If you have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status – get tested and isolate from others while you wait for a result. If you are not able to be tested, follow the guidance below as if you are positive.

If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are

  • Not vaccinated – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if you test negative, return to normal activities while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.
  • Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but have not yet been boosted – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if you test negative, return to normal activities while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.
  • Vaccinated, and have either received your booster or are not yet eligible for a booster – you do not need to stay away from others, but you should wear a mask for 10 days.

If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status, and

  • Do not have symptoms – isolate yourself from others for 5 days, then wear a mask for 5 additional days when you return to normal activities.
  • Have symptoms – isolate yourself from others until you are fever-free and your symptoms are improving. You should isolate for at least 5 days since your symptoms began. Once you stop isolating, you should wear a mask for 5 additional days.

People who have received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines are eligible for a booster shot after six months. Those who got a Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine initially should receive a booster after two months. According to the CDC, those who are eligible for boosters and have not received them should follow the stricter guidance for quarantine and masks.

For additional information or other COVID-19 healthcare questions, students should contact the UNC Asheville Health and Counseling Center at 828.251.6520. Employees should contact their healthcare provider. For more information, please review the CDC’s guidance for institutions of higher education.

Testing and/or quarantine options for returning home

Typically, the quarantine occurs in the state, country, or location you are traveling TO rather than where you have been residing. If a state or country mandates quarantine before entering that state/country then we would have a plan for students to stay on campus before traveling. We would accommodate cases with a positive test that need to remain in quarantine at that time.

International Travel

As of June 2021, the CDC recommends that international travelers be fully vaccinated. For unvaccinated individuals who must travel internationally, the CDC recommends self-quarantining for 7 days after travel. All travelers should get a viral test 3-5 days after travel.