Testing and Mass Screenings
On the advice of public health expert Dr. Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), SAIC is committed to assisting students with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and students with a recent known or suspected exposure to a person with COVID-19. If you show signs or symptoms or have been notified by the CDPH or SAIC’s Case Management Team that you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, you should do the following:
- Students: Contact SAIC’s Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.499.4288, and you will be directed to the nearest clinic for additional instructions.
- Faculty and staff: Notify Human Resources at email@example.com and your primary care provider.
Following the most current guidance for contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation, we are working with all members of the campus community who require testing.
Mass screenings or entry testing generally means that those who are healthy and who don’t have symptoms are getting tested in order to find unrecognized cases of the disease. The American College Health Association, the CDC, and CDPH do not recommend mass screening or entry testing. Dr. Rebmann counseled that there is no scientific evidence that mass screening or entry testing will help prevent cases from occurring or stop outbreaks from occurring. Additionally, there is often a lag time that can last up to seven days or longer between when a test is submitted and when the results are available, which renders tests largely unproductive and an additional strain on resources. On the advice of Dr. Rebmann, SAIC is not conducting mass screenings or entry testing.