Protect the Nest

As more and more of our population becomes vaccinated, we are transitioning the testing facility that has operated every weekday in the Ferris Athletic Center to a smaller operation that will operate out of the Health Center. Beginning June 2, 2021, and throughout the summer, the Health Center will offer COVID-19 testing to employees on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaccinated employees will not need to be tested, but, as noted above, those who aren’t will be tested weekly. Appointments are not required.

Overview of Testing Process

Before arriving at the health center

  • Confirm that you are feeling well and not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not proceed to the health 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 health center

  • First blow your nose (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 where instructed.
  • Receive your collection tube and confirm that your name and details are printed correctly on the label.
  • 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.

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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.

For Faculty and Staff

Anyone who isn’t vaccinated will be required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly on campus.

Vaccinated employees will not need to be tested, but, as noted above, those who aren’t will be tested weekly. Appointments are not required.

Contact Information & Technical Support

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Students: Contact the Health Center.

Employees: Contact your healthcare provider.

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