Protect the Nest

Throughout the fall semester, all students, faculty, and staff who are on campus will be tested regularly for COVID-19. This testing of asymptomatic individuals, known as surveillance testing, will help keep our community safe by identifying potential cases of COVID-19.

The college is providing this testing at no cost in a testing center on campus located in the Memorial Field House of the Ferris Athletic Center. Enter the facility via the doors on the north side of the building (red dot) and follow the one-way signs through the testing process to the exit.

Surveillance testing is performed by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please review carefully the important information below about the testing process.

 

Overview of Testing Process

Before arriving at the testing center

  • Confirm that you are feeling well and not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not proceed to the testing center if you are experiencing symptoms—instead, students should contact the Health Center via phone and employees should follow the protocol for becoming ill while at work.
  • Bring your Trinity ID card.

At the testing center

  • First blow your nose outside the field house under the tent (if you haven’t already blown your nose at your residence or in your vehicle).
  • Use the provided hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain social distancing by waiting in line at each step on the yellow “stand here” dots.
  • At the registration station, receive your collection tube and confirm that your name and details are printed correctly on the label.
  • Proceed to the collection station where a trained staff member will guide you through the self-administration steps to collect your sample.
  • After swabbing your nose for your sample, place your swab in the collection tube, seal the tube with the provided rubber stopper and place the sealed tube in the collection bin.
  • The entire process should take about 15 minutes.

Overview Video [contains audio]:

 

General Information

Trinity has partnered with the Clinical Research Sequencing Platform (CRSP) of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to support our COVID-19 Testing Program. This clinical testing laboratory analyzes specimens collected via nasal swab using their RT-PCR diagnostic assay for in vitro qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Review the Patient Fact Sheet for more information about the test.

The test procedure is quick and easy, and produces a minimal amount of discomfort. Using a short nasal swab with a soft tip, you will collect your own sample. nasal swabYou will insert the swab inside one nostril only until the soft tip is no longer visible. After rotating the swab in a circle around the inside edge of your nostril at least three times, you will then repeat this step with your other nostril.

See the video above for an overview of the process.

We anticipate that most results will be available within 36 hours of specimen collection.

In rare cases, a test result may be inconclusive or the laboratory may be unable to process a particular specimen. In the event of such a circumstance, you will be contacted by the Testing Center with instructions about your next test. Because a result was not available from this test, you may need to be retested sooner than your next scheduled test.

For Students

All students who are living on campus, taking in-person classes, or who will be on campus for any reason must participate in the surveillance testing program.

As part of the required campus check-in process for all students, you will be tested upon arrival. Please proceed to the Field House per your arrival instructions.

Students will receive a pair of testing dates for each week—either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday. You will sign up for a specific time on your assigned testing days via the CoVerified app. Be sure to select your next appointment early to find the most convenient time slot. It is your responsibility to sign up for a time on your assigned testing days.

It is important that everyone arrives at the Testing Center on time—no earlier or later than scheduled—in order to maintain a consistent flow of the testing operations and a reduced density in the facility.

If an emergency situation causes you to miss an appointment, please contact covidtesting@trincoll.edu for instructions.

For Faculty and Staff

All employees, both faculty and staff, who resume campus work will be included in the testing plan. Employees who will continue to work remotely are not expected to be on campus and therefore would not be included in the surveillance testing plan. Employees should continue to practice personal health measures, including limiting travel, to reduce their risk of exposure, throughout the remainder of the summer and into the academic year.

A limited number of tests will be performed the week of August 17. Employees who have been approved to work on campus through the summer and those returning to work on campus the week of August 17 will be scheduled for a test. Please watch for email communications from Human Resources with more details.

For employees scheduled to return to work on campus after August 21:
You will need to have a pre-arrival test with a negative result conducted no more than 5 days prior to your return to work on campus. Please schedule your test using the CoVerified app. You may park in the lot next to the Field House, enter the facility for testing, and then depart campus until your test result is returned as negative. (If you prefer not to take advantage of this free, initial test via Trinity’s Testing Center, you may arrange for an alternative pre-arrival test at your own expense. In that case, you will need to submit proof of a negative PCR test conducted no more than 5 days before your return to campus.)

The majority of employees will be scheduled for a test on Wednesdays. You will sign up for a specific time on your assigned testing days via the CoVerified app. Be sure to select your next appointment early to find a convenient time slot.

It is important that everyone arrives at the Testing Center on time—no earlier or later than scheduled—in order to maintain a consistent flow of the testing operations and a reduced density in the facility.

If an emergency situation causes you to miss an appointment, please contact covidtesting@trincoll.edu for instructions.

Contact Information & Technical Support

For non-medical, administrative questions or comments, please contact covidtesting@trincoll.edu.

Students: Contact the Health Center.

Employees: Contact your healthcare provider.

View more information about the CoVerified system here.

If you are able to log in to the CoVerified app or website, submit a ticket via the app. Technical support agents are available 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday.

If you are unable to log in, first confirm that your username and password are correct. For assistance with your Trinity password, view these instructions to reset your password or contact the Help Desk.