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SURVEILLANCE / ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING

Person is not experiencing any symptoms and has NOT been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

STUDENTS:

How to make your weekly appointment:

  • Sign into the Patient portal with your Net ID and password
  • Click "schedule an appointment"
  • Choose "COVID-19 Services" click continue
  • Choose "Schedule my required weekly COVID-19 testing (no symptoms, no confirmed exposure), click continue
  • Read the notice and click continue
  • Choose your appointment date range and location and search for appointments
  • Select your day and time
  • Choose "schedule
  • Read the COVID Notify app and choose either "yes" or "no" according to your circumstances
  • Click "submit final"


EMPLOYEES:

How to make your weekly appointment:

  • Sign into the Patient portal with your Net ID and password
  • Click "schedule an appointment"
  • Choose "employee COVID-19 testing" click continue
  • Read the notice, click continue
  • Enter your current phone number
  • Choose your appointment date range and location
  • Choose "schedule"
  • Read another notice and click "schedule"
  • Read the COVID Notify app and choose either "yes" or "no" according to your circumstances
  • Click "submit final"


Surveillance Testing Locations:

Linda Vista (in Santa Catalina)

Loma Pelona (near Manzanita Village)

 

Types of tests:

Nasal Swabs:

Two kinds of molecular tests are being utilized to meet campus' needs:

1. LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) uses an isothermal amplification process with a strand-displacing polymerase to promote rapid amplification and quantitative fluorescence detection of viral RNA. The test used at UCSB was developed by Atila Biosystems and is performed on campus in the Student Health Service CLIA-certified Laboratory Annex using the Atila iAMP COVID-19 RNA Detection Kit.

Results generally return in 1-2 days.

2. RT-PCR (Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction) first extracts the COVID-19 viral RNA in a sample. The purified nucleic acid is then reverse transcribed into cDNA, followed by PCR amplification and detection using an authorized real-time (RT) PCR instrument. The final step uses a marker to attach to the specific DNA strands and release fluorescence levels that can be quantified to confirm the presence of the virus. This test is performed for UCSB by Fulgent Genetics at their laboratories in Temple City, CA.

Results generally return in 2-3 days.

Saliva Samples:

SWAB-SEQ testing is performed at a CLIA-certified lab on the UCLA campus. The method was developed by the UCLA Computational Medicine Department using state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technology.  A unique molecular “bar code” is added to each patient’s sample during amplification. A very large number of samples are then combined and analyzed in a DNA sequencer and the bar codes allow for determination of the presence or absence of SARS CoV-2 viral RNA in each original patient sample.

Results generally return in 1-2 days.

Saliva tests are available Monday-Thursday and are not available the day prior to a holiday.

Please note the limitations of COVID-19 Tests:

  • The test only reflects your status at the moment the specimen was collected;
  • You may not develop a positive test for up to 14 days after exposure; most new cases show positive results from 2-11 days after exposure, but it can take 14 days or more to turn positive;
  • After an exposure and without symptoms, the ideal time to test is 5-8 days after exposure, but it is recommended you wait at least 2 days before testing to avoid a misleading negative result that might later turn positive;
  • All laboratory results are subject to potential errors from a variety of factors, so please consult with your healthcare provider if the result seems surprising or does not match your situation