To help keep our campus community safe during the pandemic, UNL is conducting ongoing COVID-19 testing of a randomized sample of students, faculty, and staff each week.
Randomized mitigation diagnostic testing is an important part of UNL's enhanced COVID-19 testing strategy, all with the goal to protect the health of our UNL and Lincoln communities while offering safe in-person education. Results of this testing will help develop a better understanding of the prevalence and spread of the virus in our Husker community, including aiding in identification of asymptomatic cases, so mitigation actions can be taken to reduce risks.
You'll be notified via email if you're chosen for voluntary randomized mitigation diagnostic testing
If you are selected for testing, you will receive an email to your official campus email address late in the week instructing you how to schedule a mitigation test during the following week.
Your voluntary participation is very important to ensure our enhanced testing is most representative of our campus community. As the Cornhusker Commitment outlines, each of us must take the necessary steps to stay well and protect each other. Participating in this voluntary testing demonstrates that you care about protecting our Husker community.
There are only a few circumstances in which you should not sign up for our randomized mitigation test process:
- You have not been and do not plan to be in the Lincoln community this semester.
- You have previously tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 90 days.
- You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- You are currently self-quarantining due to close contact with an individual who tested positive.
If you are experiencing symptoms or are self-quarantining, you should instead get tested at the UNL on-campus TestNebraska site, which is different than the site for randomized mitigation testing.
The process if you're selected
You will receive an email invitation with a registration link that you can use to select a day and time on weekday afternoons that works for you. Appointments each day are limited to minimize wait time for participants, and scheduling is first come, first served after the email invitations are distributed each week. You can select walk up or drive up testing.
Bring a legal government ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to your appointment for registration purposes. An NCard is NOT sufficient.
Testing will be a nasal swab with results back in 24-72 hours.
Testing is provided at no cost to you.
Individuals participating in randomized mitigation testing do NOT need to self-quarantine while awaiting test results, unlike those tested due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to an individual who tested positive.
How the results will be shared
You will receive your individual results via email.
The results of all COVID-19 tests conducted in Lancaster County during the pandemic are shared with Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), for the purposes of contact tracing.
Results of randomized mitigation testing will be combined in de-identified, aggregate form with all other COVID-19 tests in the UNL community totaled on our public COVID-19 Dashboard.
Where is the Randomized Mitigation Testing site?
The UNL randomized mitigation testing site is located in the East Stadium Loop parking lot outside the Coliseum (1350 Vine Street) on City Campus. Those being tested can walk up or choose to use the drive-through option, which allows the person to remain in their vehicle.