Your Questions Answered
Question: Do I still need to test regularly after a recent COVID-19 infection or positive PCR result?
Answer: If you have recently had COVID-19 and do not have any symptoms, you do not need to conduct asymptomatic testing and are exempt from campus testing requirements for 90 days.
If you become symptomatic again after having COVID-19, please test if it has been more than 30 days since testing positive.
If your positive test was conducted outside of UC San Diego, students should report it to Student Health Services and employees should report it to the UC San Diego Testing Line at 619-543-8260. If you have new symptoms within 90 days, students should speak with Student Health Services and employees should speak with their health care provider about testing.
Question: How can I learn if there is a positive wastewater signal associated with my building?
: You can use the map on the COVID-19 Daily Dashboard
to determine if your building is currently being monitored, and if so, the status of the wastewater signal associated with the building.
Question: If there is a positive wastewater signal in my building, what should I do?
: If you used the restroom in a building associated with a positive wastewater signal on that day, out of an abundance of caution, you should get tested promptly. For more information on testing, visit the Testing and Screening page
. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, please wear a mask and reconsider socializing with others while you await test results.
Question: If my building is associated with a positive wastewater signal, does it mean there is definitely someone infected inside?
Answer: Because multiple buildings can feed wastewater into a single sampler, a positive signal in a building does not necessarily mean there is someone infected inside your building. Further, in some cases individuals who have recovered from their SARS-CoV-2 infection can continue to shed virus into the wastewater for several weeks after they have recovered. These individuals who are no longer infectious can, in some circumstances, contribute to a positive wastewater signal.