Complete a Required COVID Test



All faculty and staff, vaccinated and unvaccinated, who do not have an approved fully remote work agreement on file with HR, are required to complete a COVID PCR test between Monday, January 17 and Sunday, January 23. Your test date must fall between 1/17/22 and 1/23/22 in order to fulfill this requirement. Please read below for further instructions.

Test sites are operational on all of Mason’s campuses. Review site locations and hours. Please note, Mason test sites are closed on Monday, January 17, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Testing will be made available on Saturday, January 22, and Sunday, January 23, on Fairfax Campus at the Johnson Center. 

To complete your free COVID test at Mason:   

  1. Schedule your appointment(s) by signing into the Patient Portal. You will receive automated appointment reminders.  
  1. Walk-in to a test site without a scheduled appointment. Walk-ins are permitted up to 30 minutes before closing. You may also use the walk-in option if you miss a scheduled appointment.  
  1. Please do not eat, drink, or brush your teeth at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment.  
  1. You must display a green Mason COVID Health Check response at the time of your appointment. 

To complete a COVID PCR test outside of Mason: 

Alternatively, you may opt to complete a COVID PCR test outside of Mason. Your test must be a PCR test conducted by a healthcare professional; rapid at-home tests will not be accepted. If you prefer to complete a COVID test outside of Mason, you must do so at your own time and at your own expense. You must upload your external test result to the Medicat Patient Portal by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 23. Follow the detailed upload instructions.  

Temporary Exemptions  

Please complete this form if you are not able to participate in mandatory COVID Surveillance Testing by the deadline. By completing the form, you attest that your reason for missing this mandatory COVID surveillance test is true and understand that making false statements to the university may result in disciplinary action. Failure to participate in required COVID surveillance testing without a valid reason may result in disciplinary action.   

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19: 

For the safety of yourself and others, you may not complete a test at one of Mason’s surveillance test sites as these locations are only open to asymptomatic individuals. Instead, you may schedule a COVID test with your own healthcare provider or make an appointment at Mason’s new drive-up diagnostic testing site on Fairfax Campus, Peterson Hall. This site is reserved for Mason’s faculty and staff only. Schedule an appointment and select Peterson Hall as your test site location. You must arrive in a vehicle for this appointment. Way-finding signs are posted around Patriot Circle near Peterson Hall to help you navigate to the test site. You will need to display your yellow Mason COVID Health Check response at the time of this appointment, indicating you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

Thank you for continuing to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 at George Mason University.    


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