(Updated April 21, 2021) Your SARS-CoV-2 testing will be provided by the IALS Clinical Testing Center, and the Clinical Laboratory at University Health Services. (Together, “Testing Laboratories”)
The test that you will receive is designed to detect if you have SARS-CoV-2, also known as the “novel coronavirus”. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19. Your testing specimen will be collected by nasal swab. This method of swabbing involves inserting the swab into a nostril, rotating the swab for 10 seconds, and then repeating the process in your other nostril. The subsequent COVID-19 test performed is a Real-time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Assay (SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR).
The results of this test will not tell you if you had the virus in the past or if you have immunity to getting the virus in the future. It only tests for the presence of the virus in your specimen at the time of the test.
The results of your test will be shared with you through a web portal or mobile software application. Your results will also be shared with the health care provider who ordered your test, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Local Board of Health, and may be shared with certain federal, state, or local government agencies as required by law.
If your results are positive, please contact a doctor immediately. Only a doctor can diagnose you with COVID-19 and give you information about what you should do next. Negative results mean that viral particles were not detected by the specific assay performed on your specimen within the limits of detection of the assay. It is possible for the test to produce an incorrect negative result in some people who are harboring the SARS-CoV-2 virus (sometimes called a “false negative”). If you test negative but have symptoms of COVID-19 or concerns about exposure to SARS-CoV-2, contact a doctor to determine if you should be retested or take other actions.
The Testing Laboratories are clinical laboratories. Testing Laboratories do not give medical advice or provide medical care. You should talk to a doctor about any health care needs you may have, including any related to receiving this test. Testing Laboratories, the University of Massachusetts and its Board of Trustees, officers, employees, and agents are not responsible for any medical care you receive. If you have questions about the test or your testing results, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there is leftover specimen after your test is performed, Testing Laboratories may remove information that identifies you from the specimen and use it for quality assurance, validation and laboratory testing development.
By signing a consent form for testing, an individual agrees: (i) that you have read and understand the information in this consent form; (ii) to provide a nasal swab specimen for testing; (iii) to have your specimen tested by Testing Laboratories for SARS-CoV-2; (iv) that Testing Laboratories may disclose your test results as outlined in this form; and (v) that your leftover specimen and/or information about you may be used without information that identifies you after the testing is over for further research and analysis. You voluntarily agree to this testing for SARS-CoV-2.