Employee COVID-19 testing center moves to Pentland Hills

Free testing now available to all employees and family members

November 16, 2021
Author: Imran Ghori
November 16, 2021

UC Riverside’s employee COVID-19 testing center has moved to a new location and is now available to all faculty and staff members and their families.

Formerly at HUB 302, the testing center moved Monday, Nov. 15 to the Bear Cave meeting room at Pentland Hills. It is open Monday and Thursday from 8-11 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday the hours are 6:30-11 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.

The campus opened the center to provide employees and their family, including children, free and convenient access to testing. 

The University of California is requiring all students, staff, and faculty members to provide proof of vaccination or request an exception. Those not fully vaccinated and have approved exceptions are required to be tested weekly. Testing is also required for those with a confirmed exposure and for employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The site was initially only available to employees who were required to be tested and given instructions on how to schedule the appointment.

The center is now open to all employees and their families regardless of vaccination status. Visit the UCR COVID-19 Testing Center Scheduler to find out how to schedule an appointment. All participants must register with Color, the health technology company UCR and the California Department of Public Health are partnering with to report required demographic information and provide test results.

The test kits use a nasal swab that individuals getting tested must rub inside each nostril for 15 seconds. A trained staff member is on hand to observe and ensure that the test is conducted correctly.

Results will be sent directly to employees via email or text. Employees may also check their results at Color’s website.

Employees who receive a positive test notification are required to immediately report the results through the Daily Wellness Check.

UCR has a separate testing program for students in place since last fall, also at the Bear Cave. The room has two entrances with a wall divider installed in the middle so that students and employees are tested on different sides.