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Testing

Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Testing Symptomatic Persons 

Everyone who has COVID-19 symptoms needs to be tested. Determination of candidates for COVID-19 testing is through the COVID-19 screening questionnaire (electronic symptom tracking tool)  used by both students and employees. 

Symptomatic persons who are nasal swab tested will need to self-quarantine until test results are received. All COVID-19-positive students, faculty, or staff should follow CDC guidelines for What to Do If You Are Sick. 

On-Campus Testing 

Health Services will utilize a PCR nasal self-swab that must be scheduled by appointment and conducted as a drive-through/walk-up service outside of the Health Center. Testing of symptomatic persons beyond the hours of the Health Center can be conducted by local area testing centers and urgent care facilities listed on the Health Services webpage. 

Results from on campus tests, and tests conducted by other outside laboratories will be scanned and uploaded to the HIPAA, secured patient health record and Student Health Record. 

Testing Asymptomatic Persons 

Testing of asymptomatic persons will be conducted for the following groups: student athletes; clinical major students prior to clinical placement; students or employees who have had direct contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19-positive person; others who employ, or provide, educational student experiences. 

Testing groups of asymptomatic persons can be conducted either at the Health Center or area-based testing in collaboration with Health Services using the Quest self-swab nasal kit. 

Surveillance testing may be implemented at the discretion of the COVID-19 Surveillance Team and in collaboration with Monmouth County Regional Health Commission No. 1 in response to emerging patterns to determine prevalence in a given campus sector. 

Antibody Testing 

Antibody testing will be conducted on campus by Health Services, using a venipuncture blood draw, on a limited basis. Test results indicate the presence (or absence) of COVID-19 antibodies but should not be used as a determinant for return to work or school nor should it be used as an indicator that personal protective measures need not be observed. 

There are no studies to determine the amount of antibodies needed to provide protective immunity. Presence of antibodies may indicate recovery from a prior COVID-19 infection or prior direct contact with a COVID-19 person without developing symptoms. 

The University’s plans and protocols are subject to change in response to evolving guidance from local, state, and federal government and public health officials. We will continue to update this website regularly and encourage you to check back often for the most up-to-date information.