As students, faculty, and staff of Tulane begin a phased return to campus, one of the integral components of mitigating the risk of COVID-19 is testing. Employees will be required to undergo testing and have a negative result prior to return to campus. Students will be required to undergo testing and must have a negative result before moving in to on campus housing or attending class.
Tulane University is offering testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, which is performed using a RT-PCR method approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The test is performed by the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of Tulane University School of Medicine.
The laboratory is certified under CLIA and accredited by CAP to perform high-complexity testing. The laboratory started the SARS-CoV-2 testing since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak and has served a broad range of customers in the Tulane community and beyond.
Participants will swab their nostrils themselves, under the direction of a testing center staff, using an anterior nasal swab method. That is different — and more comfortable — than the nasopharyngeal swab method, which involves inserting an elongated swab deep into the nose to the upper part of the throat.
The samples will be sent to a Tulane University School of Medicine Laboratory for processing. There is no charge to the employee for this testing program. Faculty, staff, and students are required to participate in this program.
Negative results means the test did not detect COVID-19 or you did not have enough virus to be detected at the time of collection. If your result is positive, indicating the virus was detected, you will be contacted by a Tulane Contact Tracer. Guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health agencies, Tulane has established protocols for contact tracing. In line with those protocols, Campus Health will oversee contact investigation and notification for the Tulane Community. The goal of contact tracing is to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
See fact sheet from the COVID-19 test manufacturer.