Brandeis began piloting its COVID-19 testing program for the university community the week of July 27-31. Here’s a look at how it worked.
The testing was conducted in the Shapiro Science Center, but tests will be offered to different cohorts across campus at different sites in coming weeks. The pilot phase will ramp up leading to the start of the academic year, with the number of tests increasing each week.
First, asymptomatic students, faculty and staff looking to be tested chose a 30 minute appointment window through an online scheduling portal.
Upon arrival, those being tested were greeted at a staffed check-in table, where they were given a bar-coded sample tube containing a swab.
From there, they headed to an open air station where medical personnel guided them in self-collecting a sample with a swab by swirling it around the lower part of each nostril and then securing it in the sample tube.
After each sample was collected, hand sanitizer was provided and the testing station was thoroughly wiped down.
From there, the samples went to a collection table, where they were filed away and boxed for delivery to the Broad Institute to be tested for the presence of COVID-19.
The whole process to provide a sample took on average less than 5 minutes per person, and results were expected to be available within 24 to 72 hours.
Once the school year starts, Brandeis will provide free-of-charge testing up to twice-per-week to all community members who live on or regularly come to campus.