Black: Faculty of Medication conducts random testing of asymptomatic people

Dr. Kevin Black, Faculty of Medication interim dean, despatched the next e mail to school college and employees on Sept. 8:

As you might know from earlier Penn State communications, the college is conducting COVID-19 surveillance testing throughout all of its campuses all through the autumn semester to establish asymptomatic carriers of the virus and to forestall the viral unfold on the campuses.

The aim of this e mail is to let you recognize that surveillance testing (random testing of asymptomatic people) shall be getting underway for workers beginning this week inside our Faculty of Medication-employed college and employees, and to offer you a broad overview of how this may work.

A man wearing a doctor’s coat over a button-down shirt smiles.

Penn State is testing 1% of its asymptomatic staff who’re at present engaged on campus for COVID-19. For our Faculty of Medication, meaning every day 1% of you might be randomly chosen for testing. Please word that this solely applies to staff who’ve returned to engaged on campus. These working at house won’t be impacted by this testing at the moment.

If you find yourself chosen, you’ll obtain an e mail from Penn State Surveillance Testing, notifying you that you’ve got been recognized to bear a COVID-19 saliva check. This check is necessary for Faculty of Medication-employed college and employees, and the e-mail will embrace detailed directions on how the check shall be delivered, administered and returned.

The method will work like this:

  • While you obtain your e mail from Penn State Surveillance Testing, you may have two days to observe the hyperlink and register for the check. The check shall be delivered by way of UPS.
  • After the check arrives, you’ll be instructed to log right into a Zoom ready room, the place you’ll be related with an worker from Vault Well being, our vendor. That particular person will instruct and observe you as you’re taking the check, and as you package deal the check for return to the lab.
  • You’ll need to drop the finished check package deal right into a UPS field.
  • After finishing the check, you may resume your regular actions when you await the check outcomes.

You can be contacted by Vault Well being and instructed as to methods to acquire your outcomes. Directions additionally shall be offered on methods to proceed if the check is constructive. Lastly, constructive outcomes shall be referred for contact tracing to the College and PA Division of Well being as a part of a layered tracing and testing strategy throughout all campuses.

Participation on this surveillance testing program is a College requirement. As a Penn State worker, we want compliance with this initiative to maintain our staff, college students and within the scientific setting, our sufferers, secure.

As a reminder, if you’re experiencing signs which can be according to COVID-19, instantly name the Worker Well being COVID line at 717-531-4208 and DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS.

I respect your cooperation, as testing people with out signs offers us the flexibility to watch adjustments in illness prevalence all through our campus communities, establish developments, and inform us relating to if and when extra mitigation steps are required earlier than a doable outbreak occurring.

Kevin Black, MD
Interim Dean