Spring Semester Testing Schedule and Information

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In partnership with the CDC, we are excited to offer testing through April. Weekly testing is how we can know if our mitigation practices (masks and social distancing) are effective. We ask all students, faculty and staff to participate in COVID-19 testing.

Spring 2021 Testing Calendar

Rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests use a mucus sample from the nose or throat but can be analyzed at the doctor’s office or clinic where the sample is collected and results may be available in minutes. These may be molecular or antigen tests.

Also called a molecular test, this COVID-19 test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

This test screens for antibodies that circulate in your blood as the body fights an infection, such as COVID-19. Antibodies are also produced when you get a vaccine, such as a flu shot. That’s how you build immunity to a virus.

  • You could already have had SARS-CoV-2, without symptoms and without realizing it.
  • Antibody tests can give the college an understanding of how many students and employees have some level of immunity to the virus.
  • People with antibodies may be able to donate blood to help with an experimental treatment for COVID-19 called convalescent plasma. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood.

A health worker will take a simple blood sample. The test looks for one or both kinds of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • IgM antibodies, which happen early in an infection
  • IgG antibodies, which are more likely to show up later

Anyone who wants to find out if they have antibodies or would like to contribute to the effort to beat COVID-19 and advance science.

  • If you test positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, it means you’ve probably had the virus already.
  • A positive result means you likely have some immunity to the coronavirus, all though we can’t say for sure the strength or length of that immunity.
  • A negative result means you probably haven’t come into contact with the virus or you haven’t had it long enough to make antibodies.

SOURCES: WebMD, FDA, CDC, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Health Security, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, Mayo Clinic, Lab Tests Online, Roche Diagnostics, Infectious Diseases Society of America, UpToDate, MD Anderson Cancer Center and American Society of Hematology

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