I have been selected for surveillance testing—what can I expect?

Students, faculty and staff selected for surveillance testing will receive an email requesting their participation, with a link for registering online.

Before your test:

  • Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash within three hours of your test.
  • Within 30 minutes of your test, do not eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, mints or lozenges,
  • Refrain from smoking, vaping or using smokeless tobacco products.

Bring with you to the testing site:

  • Your campus ID
  • Personal electronic device

What to expect:

  • Upon arrival, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure, including a temperature check and a brief questionnaire.
  • Participants who clear this preliminary screening will then proceed to a registration table.
  • There, staff will provide you with your test kit, which will include a saliva swab and test tube filled with solution.
  • Tests are self-administered and require a short, 10-15 second swab around your mouth, between your gums and under your tongue. These are not nasopharyngeal tests, in which swabs are inserted through an individual’s nasal cavity.

After you have completed the test, your sample will be combined with 11 other samples. That pool will be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Updated October 14, 2020

Pooled Surveillance Test Testing Mass Screening Screen