Protect the Nest

Testing will take place in the grey medical trailer located between the Ferris parking lot and the baseball stadium.

Weekly testing for unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions and surveillance testing will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Appointments for a test are not required; all tests will be walk-ups and we will not utilize the CoVerified app. Once test results are determined, students will receive an email notification and view results via a web portal that will be made available soon.

We will begin weekly surveillance PCR testing for all vaccinated students on September 6. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of this population will be tested each week. Students will be scheduled based on the last digit of their Trinity ID number and the first letter of their last name. This will help us test a cross section of students. Students will be notified via email a week prior to their scheduled test.

Testing for students who are experiencing symptoms and any follow-up tests will take place at the Health Center on weekdays from 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. and by appointment at other times. If you feel ill or are experiencing COVID symptoms, please call 860-297-2018 to schedule an appointment.

We will monitor the health and safety of community and modify our testing plans if needed.

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 below 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

For non-medical, administrative questions or comments, please contact

Students: Contact the Health Center.

Employees: Contact your healthcare provider.