Test, Trace, Treat
We have a support system in place to help protect the Wildcat community.
Voluntary, free and convenient COVID-19 testing is available for students and employees on main campus.
There are three types of tests that are being deployed during the pandemic – two that diagnose whether an individual is currently infected with the COVID-19 virus (“diagnostic tests”), and one that determines whether an individual has developed an immune response against the COVID-19 virus or vaccination (“antibody test”).
Other Testing Methods
- Wastewater Surveillance — learn more on the CDC website
Learn more about COVID-19 antibody testing in this video with UArizona President Robbins and Dr. Nikolich-Žugich, professor and head of immunobiology.
Contact tracing is critical for stopping the spread of COVID-19 on campus. We use both public health tracing and technology to identify possible exposures to the virus.
Traditional Contact Tracing
We currently provide traditional contact tracing via telephone, coordinated by the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Students and staff who volunteer with the UArizona Contact Tracing Team investigate new cases by calling up (tracing) close contacts of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in order to slow and stop the spread of the virus. Volunteers are welcome.
Mobile app exposure alert
The University adopted the WeHealth app (formerly COVID Watch) to track possible COVID-19 exposures and provide notifications. Governor Ducey approved the pilot test of this mobile app for fast, private, totally anonymous exposure alert. No personally identifiable information is ever stored or disclosed. Instead, it uses secure Bluetooth signals to determine if and alert users when they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.
President Robbins talks with Kristen Pogreba-Brown, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, about traditional contact tracing.
Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are at risk will be treated with wrap-around supports:
- Minimal personal contact
- Alternative building floor plans
- Modified class environment
- Campus Health enhanced care