ADH Partners with Universities to Host COVID-19 Testing Clinics

Students and staff can participate in screenings prior to the start of the semester.

Photo courtesy of Xavier Donat

The Arkansas Department of Health is hosting COVID-19 testing clinics at Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas this week as students return to campus for the spring semester. 

Testing at ATU begins today and is free to all eligible participants. Students, faculty and staff being tested should be prepared to share their social security number and present their ATU identification card.

Testing will be offered at Tucker Coliseum at the following times:

– 1 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 5

– 8:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 6 

– 1 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 12 

– 8:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 13

ATU students and employees who live locally are encouraged to take advantage of the testing opportunities on Jan. 5-6, while others are encouraged to test on Jan. 12-13, according to a press release.

“However, please choose the testing date that works best for you,” says Kristy Davis, associate dean for student wellness at ATU. “Students living in residence halls are especially encouraged to take advantage of testing opportunities. We urge as many members of the community as possible to get tested on these dates, whether experiencing any symptoms or not.”

Students, faculty and staff can call the ATU Health and Wellness Center at (479) 968-0329 for more information.

The University of Arkansas will begin its drive-through testing clinic tomorrow on its Fayetteville campus. Drive-up testing for COVID-19 will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 6-8, in the parking lot across from Baum-Walker Stadium at the corner of South Razorback Road and West 15th Street.

There is no out-of-pocket cost for testing, however students, faculty and staff should bring their insurance card and university ID. Mask requirements will be in effect except for the few seconds needed to conduct each test, and results will be returned within 24 to 48 hours.

Individuals tested at this on-campus clinic do not need to self-report positive results to the university; however, those tested off campus who receive a positive result are required to fill out the self-report form and self-isolate, according to university officials.

More information about testing is available by calling the Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451.