UCLA’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program resources to be consolidated beginning Jan. 13

Infectious Diseases Management Team

What you need to know:

  • COVID-19 self-testing is highly encouraged, especially following winter break.
  • Seven test distribution centers, 22 collection bins and 10 vending machine locations remain available to the UCLA community.
  • Based on testing patterns, four COVID-19 surveillance testing collection boxes and three vending machine locations will be discontinued beginning Jan. 13 due to low use.

Note: Those who work in UCLA Health clinical areas (including medical, dental and nursing clinics) will receive communications directly from UCLA Health regarding COVID-19 protocols.

Dear Bruin Community:

We hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of winter quarter. In our ongoing efforts to maintain a safer environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to encourage you to take advantage of the testing resources that remain available free of cost to the UCLA community. Please refer to the UCLA COVID-19 Surveillance Testing website for the vending machines and testing locations that remain active throughout UCLA.

As we continue to manage the impacts of COVID-19, we appreciate everyone’s efforts to incorporate mitigation strategies into personal practice in the absence of state and local public health requirements. While surveillance testing continues to be an effective measure for prevention, some of the testing locations have been relatively under-used. To make the most efficient use of our testing resources, beginning Friday, Jan. 13, a limited number of UCLA COVID-19 test drop-off locations and vending machines will be consolidated due to low utilization (as informed by a comprehensive assessment identifying use trends since summer of 2022).

Seven distribution centers, 22 test collection bins and 10 vending machines will remain active throughout UCLA.

UCLA COVID-19 test distribution and drop-off locations will no longer be active at:

  • University Apartments-South
  • Ackerman Union, A Level
  • Gayley Center Front Desk
  • Hammer Museum Front Desk

UCLA COVID-19 test vending machine locations will no longer be available at:

  • Facilities Management NW Area (Employee Only)
  • Anderson School Courtyard
  • Ackerman Union, A Level

Notices have been posted at each of the above locations informing users of the upcoming change. These testing location updates are listed on the UCLA COVID-19 Surveillance Testing website.

UCLA’s wastewater testing program will continue to monitor presence of the COVID-19 virus and serve as an early-warning detection tool for possible outbreaks. Indoor masking continues to be strongly recommended at UCLA to reduce transmission of COVID-19, as well as influenza and RSV.

We would like to thank all UCLA students, faculty and staff who tested themselves for COVID-19 upon return to campus following winter break. Those who have not tested are strongly encouraged to do so.

Here’s to a safe and healthy 2023!


Tim Groeling
Professor, Department of Communication
Co-chair, Infectious Diseases Management Team

Michelle A. Sityar
Chief of Staff, Administration
Co-chair, Infectious Diseases Management Team

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