COVID-19 Testing Options

Important Update to Columbia College COVID-19 Testing Requirement

Revisions to the Yosemite Community College (YCCD) COVID-19 testing requirement, as noted below, were approved by the YCCD Board of Trustees at their study session held on March 2, 2022.

The Board of Trustees agrees to take the recommendation of Chancellor Yong for the next phase of testing requirements that would include providing testing for individuals who are symptomatic, exposed or interested in reducing the time of isolation, to be effective March 3, 2022. The current masking requirement would continue through the end of the Spring semester 2022.

View the YCCD Board of Trustees Study Session Agenda and Video

What you need to know:

  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or negative test results (green health pass) will no longer be required to utilize YCCD facilities including classrooms and service areas, effective March 3, 2022. 
  • Free COVID-19 testing for students and staff will continue to be available at Columbia College Health Services Office.
  • Masks are required for entry into all facilities/indoor areas. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 test immediately and follow all recommended guidance- you will be contacted with more information once your Notification form is received.
  • If you have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 do not come to campus and follow all recommended guidance- you will be contacted with more information once your Notification form is received.

Testing Options chart to help you decide which choice is best for your situation:

Testing Options

Initial Steps



1)      Home Antigen Test Kit Recommended option Receive from college;

BD Veritor (30 min)

  • Pick up home antigen kit from the College, Manz info desk
  • Download Scanwell Health app
  • Follow directions on next page

Scanwell Health app used for testing is not supported by all smart phones; if so contact Health Services (See #2 below)

Scanwell app provides a Green Bar with negative test result

2)      Health Services

· Pre-Register

·Then call for appointment



Register online for both options due to limited number of tests *

Primary Antigen

(15 min)

Colors PCR

(5 plus days)

Limited number of tests

Primary Antigen or Colors PCR – Text and/or email provides Green Bar with negative test result

3)      Outside Tests

·  Clinical Test from Motherlode Fairgrounds, Rapid Care, pharmacist, etc.

- Use the Healthy Returns main page to upload your own test results (taken within the past 72 hrs for antigen or taken within 5 days for PCR type of test).




- Or, make appointment with Health Services to show results of an outside test  (209)-588-5283

- after upload of test, receiving a sharable "digital health pass" (green screen) picture requires the download of a phone App called the IBM Digital Health Wallet. Follow the instructions in the email sent to your email.


- Need to bring negative test result (screenshot, hard copy, or photo) for verification

- Digital Health Pass (green screen) can be accessed anytime after upload of your test results on the Healthy Returns main page. Once your Digital Health Pass is on your phone screen we recommend taking a screenshot of it for easy access.


- Health Services provides paper clearance with negative test result signed and dated with expiration.

If your test is positive, complete the Student or Staff COVID Notification Form, isolate, and await further instruction.

ALWAYS test again (regardless of vaccination status) if symptomatic or exposed or as instructed by contact tracing staff.

Details about receiving your COVID-19 Test Kit

Additional information: FAQs on COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 Symptoms

Individuals that have COVID-19 symptoms (regardless of vaccination status)- stay home. Test immediately with the at-home kit provided or use any other testing site (all counties have free sites available). Begin isolation and submit a COVID -19 notification form ASAP for guidance on testing, isolation, quarantine, and return to campus. 

Signs or symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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