Testing, Isolation & Quarantine


Asheville Area Testing Sites

UNC Asheville’s Health and Counseling Center is continuing to offer COVID testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout summer 2021. 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.

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 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/resources/antigen-tests-guidelines.html.

If doing the quick test before traveling, think about plans if it is positive. A positive test means 10 days of isolation. In other words, no travel and no meals with others for 10 days.

If the rapid test is negative, it does not really help at all; it may have missed a positive or it may be about to turn positive if tested an hour later or a day later. It does not predict the future, so you’ll still want to take precautions while traveling and while visiting friends and family for the holidays.

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

Athletes and coaches get a reminder text message every morning and answer several questions. A resulting green check indicates that they can come to campus. A red X initiates additional messages and check-ups. That student-athlete will not be in classes or a workout. The NCAA mandates that the student-athlete indicating symptoms is tested.

The NCAA also mandates that a percentage of student-athletes are tested every two weeks, so when that testing occurs a tent is set-up outside of the Student Health & Counseling Center on W.T. Weaver Blvd for this surveillance testing. The results come back in 48 hours. If someone tests positive, contact tracing begins immediately. 

Student-athletes who are vaccinated will not be tested daily.

In addition to isolation and quarantine protocols, UNC Asheville Athletics has also implemented restricted movement. Student-athletes and coaches are asked to not leave the immediate area (of Asheville). If they leave the area and return, they cannot come back to practice for 7 days.

Surveillance Testing

Since early February 2021 UNC Asheville has partnered with local laboratory CommunityLab to offer a COVID-19 surveillance testing program for students each Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only at the Highsmith Student Union on campus.

Quarantine & Isolation

Quarantine and isolation will be implemented on campus or through area health partners. Watch this video to learn more about quarantine care 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.

International Travel

The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel due to the widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19 worldwide (see Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice). The CDC guidance as of July 21, 2020 is to stay home for 14 days from the time you returned home from international travel. See more in the campus update from July 21.

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.