Safer Return at Cal Poly Pomona

Public Health Testing for COVID-19

The COVID-19 vending machine at Secoya Hall

Testing Machines

The testing vending machine located in the Bronco Student Center (BSC) will be unavailable on the following dates:

  • January 14, 2023 to January 17, 2023
  • January 20, 2023

The vending machine will continue to be available for residential students in Secoya Residence Hall (Building 74). Because of the holidays, there may be a delay in receiving your test result.


Cal Poly Pomona offers free COVID-19 PCR tests to all students, faculty and staff for both required and voluntary testing. Free test kits are available through a vending machine in the Lyra Meeting Room (Bronco Student Center, Building 35) and Secoya Residence Hall (Building 74). Note: Secoya location is open to residential students only.

COVID-19 testing is only available through the vending machines in the BSC and Secoya.

For students or employees without a mobile device or for those who cannot access the vending machines or experience technical difficulties, contact Student Health Services to make alternative arrangements, including obtaining antigen tests. Call 909-869-4000 or email health@cpp.edu.

Note: As of August 25, 2022, public health testing for COVID-19 will no longer be held at the CLA Paseo site or the Student Health Center. Tests are only available through the vending machines in the BSC and Secoya.

How to Get a COVID-19 Test

  1. Go to the Lyra meeting room in the Bronco Student Center (Lyra Meeting Room) or Secoya Residence Hall (open to residential students only) and bring your smartphone.
  2. Log into MyHealthPortal using your BroncoName and password.
  3. Tap “Get a ShieldT3 COVID-19 test.”
  4. Tap “Start Scanning” and use your smartphone to scan the QR code on the machine that says “Dispense Test.”
  5. The test kit will be dispensed at the bottom of the machine. You may take the test wherever you feel comfortable. For ideal test results, do not brush teeth, smoke/vape, eat, or drink liquids 60 minutes before testing.
  6. Return the test to the machine within two hours.
  7. Log into MyHealthPortal and tap “COVID Test Self Collect Activation.”
  8. Input the barcode and kit information found on your test kit tube.
  9. Drop off your sample in the biohazard bag in the drop box near the vending machine. About 12 hours after your test, you will receive an email alert or text message.
  10. Log into MyHealthPortal to view your results.

Next Steps

If you test negative for COVID-19: 

  • No further action is needed 
  • Individuals who are required to test weekly will continue to receive weekly reminders to test. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 

  • Do not come to campus until you have been cleared by the Safer Return Incident Investigation Team.
  • Students and employees will be contacted by the Safer Return Incident Investigation Team. 
  • If you have immediate questions related to a positive test, exposure to COVID-19 or symptoms, email healthscreener@cpp.edu. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to test? 

Weekly public health testing is required for all students and employees who come to campus or attend in-person university activities. Individuals who have verified their vaccination in MyHealthPortal are exempt, unless otherwise required by CPP policy, local, state or federal health authorities. 

Guest to not need to provide proof of a negative test before coming to campus. For more information for guest visits the Guest Page 

Required to test: 

  • Individuals who have not uploaded a vaccination record and not received notice of verification in MyHealthPortal 
  • Individuals who have requested a medical or religious exemption  
  • Individuals who have been notified to test by their public health department or the Cal Poly Pomona Safer Return Incident Investigation Team 

Do I have to show proof of a negative test before going to class or accessing campus facilities? 

No, you are not required to show proof of a negative test to attend class or access campus facilities. The testing program is used to detect and monitor potential cases and minimize outbreaks. 

However, if you feel sick or experience COVID-like symptoms, do not go to campus. Instead, report your symptoms via the CPP COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form and a member of the campus’ Incident Investigation Team will follow up with you.  

If you receive a positive test result from our on-site testing, do not go to campus. A member of the campus’ Incident Investigation Team will follow up with you on the next steps. If you have received a positive COVID-19 Test Result from an off-campus testing site, please report your test result to the CPP Self-Reporting Form.  

Is there an exemption to the weekly public health testing?  

Weekly public health testing is required for students and employees (state and auxiliary) who come to campus or participate in in-person university activities. Only individuals who have verified their vaccination are not required to test weekly.  

If I’m not going to be on campus this week and have not completed my vaccination, do I have to test? 

Testing is required for the week if you are: 

  • Going to campus for any amount of time 
  • Accessing campus facilities, such as the BRIC, Bookstore, Library, SSB, CenterPointe Dining, classroom, office, laboratory 
  • Going to in-person internship or co-op that is sponsored by the university, either on-campus or off-campus 

I’m feeling sick. Should I go to campus for testing? 

If you experience any of the symptoms below, do not come to campus. Instead, report your symptoms via the CPP Self-Reporting Form and a member of the campus’ Incident Investigation Team will follow up with you. Do not participate in the public health testing program, unless otherwise instructed. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, do not come to campus: 

  • Fever (at or over 100.4 F or 38 C) 
  • Chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing 
  • Sore throat 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 

The purpose of the campus’ public health testing program is not to diagnose COVID-19 infection for individuals who experience symptoms. Instead, it is used to detect and monitor potential cases and potential outbreaks on campuses, especially among people who do not show symptoms. 

I am experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Where can I get tested? 

All Cal Poly Pomona students and employees who are not experiencing symptoms can test at the Bronco Student Center (Lyra Meeting Room) from the Vending Testing Machine at no cost anytime from 8:00am to 10:00pm, Monday through Friday. You can register for your test at MyHealthPortal. If you are experiencing symptoms please check with your local Health Department for testing resources. (Please note that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you should test using an antigen test).

I am fully vaccinated and would like to be tested. Can I make an appointment for a campus test? 

Yes. Cal Poly Pomona Testing Program allows voluntary testing for students and employees. You can request your test for pick up by going to MyHealthPortal 

Can I meet the weekly testing requirement with a test from off-campus? 

Yes. If you are required to participate in weekly public health testing at Cal Poly Pomona, you can submit your test results to MyHealthPortal. 

If I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, when should I test again? 

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you should wait 90 days before taking another PCR test on campus. If you need to re-test to end your isolation period earlier than 10 days, you should take a rapid antigen test.   

  • Students can make an appointment with Student Health to get a rapid test. If it’s negative, you may be able to end your isolation time early and return to normal activities.  
  • Employees should find a rapid antigen test if you want to end your isolation period sooner than 10 days. These tests are sold at many pharmacies and retailers, and the federal government is providing four at-home kits to every household at no charge.  

If you get a negative test result from the self/at-home/off-campus tests, you must submit your test results to MyHealthPortal. Once cleared by the Incident Investigation team, you may resume to your normal activities on campus. 

Where is the testing location? 

There are two testing vending machines available on campus. Off-Campus Students and Staff, can register for their test at the Bronco Student Center (Lyra Meeting Room), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Housing students can register for a test at the Secoya Residence Hall twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week 

Lyra Meeting Room

Secoya

Please Note: As of August 25, Public Health testing will no longer be held at the CLA Paseo site or the Student Health Center and will fully transition to Testing vending machines.

What are the hours of the testing site? 

  • Secoya Residence Hall (Bldg. 74 Room 126 “Package Room”): 24 hours a day, seven days a week (Only available for students in housing )
  • Bronco Student Center (Lyra Meeting Room) ( Bldg. 35 Room 1611D): Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open to all students, staff, and faculty)

How long does the testing process take? 

Plan for 15 minutes for the entire testing process, once you pick up your test, you can administer the test in a private location (is it recommended that the test is administered within 2 hours of being dispensed) and drop off your sample in the drop-off bin near the vending machines.

What type of COVID-19 test is used? 

The university has contracted with SheildT3 to provide saliva-based tests that are processed via a qPCR process, which produces fast and accurate results. 

How should I prepare for my test? 

When you get a test from the vending machine, be prepared to show the QR code that you received upon scheduling your appointment. For ideal test results, do not brush teeth, smoke/vape, eat, or drink liquids 60 minutes before testing. 

Can my family test at the campus’ Public Health Testing Site?  

No, unless they are current students or employees. Cal Poly Pomona’s Public Health Testing Program is only open to students and employees for required and voluntary testing. It is not set up to handle electronic medical records for members of the public. Family members and household members of students and employees are not able to test on campus. 

What do I do if the vending machine malfunctions or has issues?  

If you do not have a mobile device, cannot access the vending machines or experience technical difficulties, contact Student Health Services to make alternative arrangements, including obtaining antigen tests. Call 909-869-4000 or email health@cpp.edu.

Who has access to my test results, besides myself?

For students, only Student Health will have access to your test results. For employees, the campus’ Incident Investigation Team will have access to your results.

Am I required to share my test results with others (my manager, faculty member, work colleagues, other students)?

No, you are not required to disclose your test results to others. Employers and faculty members should not ask you to disclose your result. Only Student Health and the campus’ Incident investigation Team will have access to your results. If you choose, however, you can share your results with others.