Keeping our patients and our care professionals healthy and safe

Coronavirus Testing

Due to the limited number of COVID-19 tests available to all health care organizations, UT Health Austin COVID-19 (coronavirus) drive-through testing focuses on symptomatic healthcare personnel, patients who are known contacts of people who tested positive for COVID-19 through a test performed by UT Health Austin, and high-risk individuals who are referred to us by Austin Public Health and our partners in the Ascension/Seton system.

If you have symptoms, including if you feel feverish or have a measured temperature greater than 99.6°F OR, if you have a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat, it’s important for you to be screened for testing.

If you have symptoms that are worsening, including shortness of breath at rest, chest pain, persistently high fever despite fever-lowering medicine, confusion, lightheadedness, or the inability to eat or drink, call your doctor or go to the emergency room. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 9-1-1 or go to an Emergency Room.

Before Your Next UT Health Austin visit

Over the past year, UT Health Austin teams have worked to ensure your safety while you received care at the Health Transformation Building. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we too are evolving some of our protocols to better serve our patients.

Beginning, Monday, March 22, 2021, we will no longer perform in-person COVID-19 screening at our entrances. However, we ask that you adhere to the following self-screening guidelines before visiting or entering our facility.

If you exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Recorded fever (>99.6 F) or subjective fever
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Loss of sense of taste
  • Chills

Or, if have you had contact with anyone who was diagnosed or suspected with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within 14 days of symptom onset. Please stay home, DO NOT ENTER the building, and contact your health care provider to see if it is safe to visit the clinic.

In addition, facemasks that cover the nose and mouth are required to enter the Health Transformation Building and should remain on at all times. We also ask that you practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart. For more information, about our COVID-19 precautions, please visit uthealthaustin.org