COVID-19 Resources

Voluntary Pre-Departure Testing


All Naz students are eligible.


Free COVID-19 rapid testing is available on campus during the walk-in times below, before the semester break.


In light of the surge of COVID-19 cases all across the United States, and because of test kits just provided by New York State, Nazareth is offering departure testing as point-in-time information that can help identify and limit the spread of COVID-19.


Golisano Training Center (map)


  • Wednesday, 11/18: noon - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, 11/19: noon - 4 p.m.
  • Monday, 11/23: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, 11/24: 9 a.m. - noon 

Dress warmly. Be prepared to wait outside until you are brought inside for testing. We expect any line to move quickly, since tests are administered quickly.

Do I need an appointment?

No. All tests are walk-in. Bring your NazCard ID.

Then check in at the front desk, inside the entrance to the GTC. Your name will be called when it's your turn to begin testing.

How the test happens

  1. You will be given a swab to gently insert less than one inch into one nostril, rotate 5 times or more against the nasal wall, and slowly remove.
  2. You use the same swab to repeat the sample collection in your other nostril.
  3. You place the swab inside a hinged card for processing, and rotate the swab clockwise (to the right) three times.
  4. To maintain physical distancing and accommodate everyone interested, you must leave the testing area right after completing the swab steps.


  • No COVID-19: If you don’t receive a call on the day of your test, your test was negative. Keep in mind that tests only provide point-in-time information, and there is a small chance of false negative results with rapid tests. So you still should continue practicing safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, maintaining social distancing, and consider getting another test when arriving home.
  • Yes COVID-19: If your test is positive for COVID-19, you will get a phone call as soon as possible (that same day), and you will be provided with next steps including a PCR test to confirm COVID-19. If you live on campus and don't have private transportation to go home (since you can't take a public bus, train, or plane), you will need to be isolated on campus for a minimum of 10 days until the Monroe County Department of Public Health releases you. If you have a private means of transportation, you may isolate at home. More details: What actions should I take and what should I expect if I have a positive COVID-19 test?
  • You can get written proof that you were tested by stopping at the front desk inside Health and Counseling (the one-story building located between Peckham Hall and York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute) the next business day after your test to pick up this document.



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