U-M Announces COVID-19 Sampling and Tracking Program

By Camren Clouthier | September 8 2020

 The University of Michigan will begin a Sampling and Testing Program of asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff for the virus that causes COVID-19 on September 7 as part of a free, opt-in, voluntary surveillance testing program on the Ann Arbor campus.

Registration for the U-M COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking program is open to students living on and off-campus as well as faculty and staff, including Michigan Medicine, who work in-person on the Ann Arbor campus. This opt-in program will help U-M monitor levels of COVID-19 in the community among people who are asymptomatic and do not have other reasons for testing. The information will be used to better target interventions throughout the semester and act as an early-warning system for possible outbreaks. The program is made possible with support from the School of Public Health, Michigan Medicine, and the University Health Service. 

Each week, a selection of participants will be notified to register with Michigan Medicine and schedule a specimen collection, then report in person to the testing site at Palmer Commons to provide an observed, self-collected nasal swab for processing by Michigan Medicine. Test results will be available to participants through the MyUofMHealth portal. Individuals with a positive test result will be contacted by the University Health Service for follow-up.

To learn more about how you can help in U-M's response to COVID-19 on campus or participate in the program, please click here.