COVID-19 Virus Testing

UWF implemented a comprehensive pre-screening and testing program for students and employees returning to campus.


Student Pre-screening 

All students must fill out the Daily COVID-19 Pre-Screening on a daily basis if they are:

  • Visiting campus (every day they visit)
  • Living on-campus and leaving their residence hall room (every day they leave their residence hall room)

Students must fill out the Pre-Screening prior to visiting the location.

Students without access to technology to fill out the screening should contact Student Health Services at 850.474.2172 or the Dean of Students Office at 850.474.2384 to complete the screening questionnaire over the phone. 

Student Health Services will be notified if a student answers “yes” to a question in the pre-screening and will assist the student in testing. Housing and Residence Life will isolate/quarantine students immediately if they live on campus.

Employee Pre-screening

All UWF employees (faculty, staff and OPS) regardless of remote or on-site must fill out the Daily COVID-19 Pre-Screening on a daily basis on every working day. 

Exemptions: 

  • Employees considered permanent remote work as part of their job description. If permanent remote employees plan to visit a UWF location, they must also fill out the Daily COVID-19 Pre-Screening
  • Employees taking annual leave. These employees must resume when their annual leave is completed. 
  • Employees that are currently quarantined or isolated and have already notified Human Resources. These employees must resume when their quarantine or isolation period is complete. 

If employees are visiting a UWF location that day, they must have the pre-screening completed before they enter the location. 

If employees are unable to access a computer or mobile device prior to work, the pre-screening must be completed prior to entering a UWF building via the official paper form

If an employee is presumed to have contracted COVID-19, the employee must notify Human Resources immediately. Testing will be conducted and provided through a local health care facility, as needed.

Student Testing

UWF Student Health Services is performing rapid COVID-19 testing for current students with a valid Nautilus ID card. Appointments are required to receive the test and will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, contact SHS at 850.474.2172. The testing will be conducted outside of the Student Wellness Center - Building 960, Parking Lot A. The rapid testing will provide results within 15–20 minutes.

Students must complete documentation prior to arriving for their appointment. This will be sent securely through DocuSign. If this is not completed before a student arrives for their appointment they will be rescheduled.

All students must adhere to campus safety protocols including completing the Daily COVID-19 Return to Campus Pre-screening before arriving for appointment.

At this time rapid COVID-19 testing is only being performed on students that have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

If a student would like to take the COVID-19 test on their own, they may visit an official testing site or contact their health care provider.

Employee Testing

If an employee is presumed to have contracted COVID-19, the employee must notify Human Resources immediately. Testing will be conducted and provided through a local health care facility, as needed. If employees would like to take the COVID-19 test on their own, they may visit an official testing site or contact their health care provider. 

COVID-19 Testing Site at UWF 

At the request of the Governor’s office, the direction of the Florida Department of Emergency Management with the support of the Florida Department of Health, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties opened a mobile testing site to the public at the University of West Florida Pensacola Campus.The drive-through test site is located at the SP2 parking lot, which is on the east side of campus, near the East Sports Complex. The mobile testing site is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until daily capacity is reached and weather permitting. Individuals are asked to remain in their vehicles, and pre-screening is not required. A Florida driver's license is required.

Individuals ages 5 and up can be tested. It is a self-swab process. Please register at doineedacovid19test.com or by calling 800.635.8611 to pre-register prior to arrival. The testing agency that is analyzing the test will only do electronic correspondence and will not do a paper registration. Registration can be done upon arrival on your smartphone, however pre-registering is preferred.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 testing, please contact the State Public Information Office hotline at 850.921.0217 or via email at ESF14@em.myflorida.com.

You can also view your results online at covid19resultsfl.com.