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September 10: What You Need to Know About Sentinel Testing

September 10: What You Need to Know About Sentinel Testing

Members of the campus community are expected to participate in sentinel testing. All students who participate will receive a gift certificate. Please read all of the FAQs below for important information about sentinel testing.

What is sentinel testing and why is it important?

Sentinel testing involves testing a random sample of UM’s population each week to help monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in our campus community. Every week, we intend to randomly test 3-5 percent of our on-campus population.

Sentinel testing helps monitor levels of COVID-19 on campus and identify potential outbreaks. We all have a role to play in keeping our campus as healthy as possible.

How will I know that I have been selected to participate in sentinel testing?

Each day, randomly selected individuals will receive an email from Verily (healthy@verily.com) directing them to sign up for a testing appointment on campus during the next seven days. Please check your UM email regularly to see if you have been selected. Some of these emails have been found in spam/clutter folders so be sure to check those as well.

Can I participate if I am currently experiencing symptoms? 

Sentinel tests are intended for individuals who are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. As part of scheduling your test through Verily, you will be asked to report if you are currently experiencing any NEW symptoms not related to other conditions. If your responses show you are symptomatic, you will be asked to not test through this program and will be directed to contact your personal medical provider about alternative testing options.

Where do I get tested?

Testing will take place on the second floor of Farmer Hall in the Farmer Hall Meeting Room.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need a photo ID (driver’s license or UM ID) and your confirmation email. Please wear a mask as directed by campus policy.

How long does it take to be tested?

The sentinel testing process typically takes 5 to 7 minutes from arrival to departure.

Does the test hurt?

The test may tickle your nose and make you sneeze, but it should not be painful. You will be given a test kit including a nasal swab that you will self-administer with observation. The observer will help guide you through the testing process.

When will I get my results? 

Results are typically provided within 24 to 48 hours. You will be notified by email when your test results are ready to access online. The University will also be notified of your test results.

What if I test positive?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from Student Health Services to discuss next steps.

Who can I contact with questions?

If you have any questions, please contact deanofstudents@montevallo.edu or GuideSafe™️ at testing@guidesafe.org or 1-866-839-5308.