Fall Conversation Series- Fall Break Travel and COVID Testing

The CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team and the CSU community is asking students to take specific COVID-19 health precautions this week before any planned travel or interaction with family and friends over Fall Break.
If a student is sick, has tested positive for COVID-19, or believes they have been exposed in the last two weeks, we urge the student to not travel and seek the advice of a public health expert immediately.
If students believe they have COVID-19 or have been exposed, they should isolate immediately and take the first step to report through the CSU COVID Reporter for advice from a CSU public health expert. Once a student fills out the COVID Reporter, a health expert will reach out to the student directly to discuss options and next steps.
The CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team and the Centers for Disease Control are also offering additional travel advice. The CDC’s guidance referenced on this page provides detailed advice for various modes of travel and for holiday gatherings.
We want all of you (students, parents and families) to stay healthy and well in the weeks to come. Below is a reminder of detailed instructions for COVID testing options for CSU students.
Take Care,
Parent and Family Team


If you are not experiencing any symptoms of illness, we urge you to get a saliva screening. This is fast easy, right here on campus. The saliva screening is calibrated to be as sensitive as possible in picking up signs of the virus that causes COVID-19. Nasal swab tests are only needed if your saliva indicates you may have the virus. If the screening doesn’t indicate the need for a nasal swab test, it will provide peace of mind as you travel and/or see family and friends, knowing that you are not putting anyone at risk for COVID-19. If your saliva screening does indicate the need for a nasal swab, we urge you to get that test done before traveling or interacting with loved ones.

If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we urge you to get a nasal swab test immediately. Given the rising number of cases of COVID-19 among our CSU community, in Larimer County and Colorado, we must all do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus, to save lives and prevent lasting health issues. The sooner you know whether you are positive for COVID-19, based on a nasal swab, the sooner you can isolate to focus on your own recovery and protect others.

If you do NOT have symptoms:

Saliva screening (for people without symptoms ONLY) will be available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 – Friday, Nov. 20 and again on Monday, Nov. 23 in the MAC Gym at the CSU Student Rec Center. Enter through East Entrance – see this map.

  • If you have not had a previous saliva screening at CSU, you must register for one.
  • This only needs to be completed the first time you submit a screening, but please make sure your contact information is entered correctly so you can be reached with your results.
  • Students, please use your CSU local address and not your home address.

Once you register, you must schedule a window for your testing.

  • If you miss your screening window, you can still submit a sample during screening hours, but we urge you to come during your scheduled time.
  • The CSU saliva screening process is fast; most individuals check in and provide their sample in less than 10 minutes.
  • Saliva screening results are usually available within 24-48 hours; please double-check that the contact information your provided at registration is complete and accurate to ensure your results reach you.
  • Only individuals whose screening indicates that they may have the virus are required to get a nasal swab follow-up test.

Please note: the CSU saliva screening has not yet completed the process for FDA approval as a COVID-19 test, so it does not meet requirements as proof of a negative test for airlines.

If you DO have symptoms:

Nasal swab testing (for those who have symptoms or believe they have been exposed) will be available via a limited number of appointments at the ticket kiosk in Canvas Stadium (see map) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 21, and Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24.

**Nasal swab tests will only be available to those who register AND schedule an appointment.

  • Walk-up nasal swab testing is not available at CSU.
  • You may also choose to get tested at a non-university testing site, referenced at “How and where do I get tested?” You should tell any non-CSU testing location when you are tested that you are a CSU student or employee to expedite contact tracing.

Reminders if you are experiencing symptoms:

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, do not go to the CSU saliva screening site.
  • Report your symptoms to the university through the COVID Reporter. This is a requirement.
  • Get tested as soon as possible at a testing facility that is conducting nasal swab tests. Again, do not go to the saliva screening site looking for a nasal swab test. You will be turned away.

If you have tested positive in the last 90 days, do not get screened or tested.

Thank you,

The CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team