Why do we test for COVID-19
Testing is an important tool to get back to school in the Fall
- Campus safety
- Control level of exposure
- Prevent spread of disease
- Plan for returning students
- Plan for a second wave of infections
- Helps “flatten the curve” for the larger society
- Lower legal liability
They will all have to meet minimum safety standards to reopen. If they’re going to reopen at all, they’re going to need to have a testing plan, a contact tracing plan, a quarantine plan, things of that sort.
Janet Napolitano, University of California System President
You need a plan
It’s important to keep the campus safe and free from COVID-19. We recommend testing 1-5% of students, employees and faculty weekly. Isolating positive people early will help prevent hot spots and keep your class rooms humming. Status of individual people will vary based on their various activities.
There are different testing models to consider
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
- “One of the models [is] test all the students before they come in, just so that you know what the baseline of infection is. Test them both [with PCR & Serology tests] to see if they’re infected with tests for the virus, as well as see if they had been previously exposed.”
- “First baseline and then you do surveillance testing where you don’t test every single person, but every week or two you selectively test a representative sampling, because the chances of there being asymptomatic infection in a cohort of young, healthy individuals is much greater than the chance in the general population.”
Example of a Testing Regimen
Establish a baseline by performing an initial onsite COVID-19 PCR test & Serology session for your entire campus
- Periodic Testing (1-5% of the campus weekly)
- Repeat onsite COVID-19 PCR test sessions to determine if outbreaks are occurring
- Daily temperature checks at the beginning of each day to identify symptomatic people
- If there are positives for any of the above, people should be referred to their primary care physician for further evaluation, testing, treatment, quarantine and/or clearance
According to the CDC: ~85% will test negative, based on current COVID-19 testing data. Retest those that test positive in 14 days, monitor symptoms, negative for 72hrs before reentry. Symptomatic people should stay Home and Monitor Health (Quarantine). Stay home until 14 days after last exposure. Check temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
Protect your campus
Fill out the test request form to get started. One of our specialists will follow up with a consultative call and help you craft a plan to keep your students, faculty and staff safe this Fall.