UC Santa Barbara announced in a campus-wide email on Oct. 26 that it will be hosting free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic students from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30 at both the Loma Pelona Center and Calaveras Court. 

As of Oct. 26, Isla Vista is currently tied with the City of Santa Maria for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the county at 31. And at a press conference on Oct. 23, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso announced that the county is currently monitoring COVID-19 outbreaks at five different fraternity and sorority facilities in I.V.

Should the community continue to lead the county in COVID-19 cases, it “will affect winter quarter planning as well as Santa Barbara County’s ability to increase certain business operations,” the UCSB email read. 

To help identify and contact trace positive cases in the community, the university said that students are “strongly encouraged” to make appointments for testing, which can be done through the UCSB Testing Patient Portal, according to the email. 

Results should be available within 48 hours, according to the email, and students who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by UCSB’s COVID-19 Response Team. If students are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should instead make an appointment at Student Health and not visit the asymptomatic testing centers. 

Other testing locations, such as the Goleta Valley Community Center and I.V. Theater, will continue to offer appointments to students free of charge past the university’s Oct. 30 testing cutoff, according to the email.

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