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COVID-19 surveillance testing for fall semester

Aug. 4,  2020; updated Aug. 10, 2020

Students are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19, where possible, before they arrive for the fall semester.

Augustana College is partnering with Genesis Health to provide surveillance testing for the Augustana community. It is a non-invasive saliva-based test .

Testing will start with students who arrive early, and continue with the first week of classes and throughout the term. 

10-15% of the student body and 10-15% of employees, through volunteer participation, will be tested weekly for a month. Each month, a new random selection of participants will occur.  

The test will be administered by Genesis Health employees at the PepsiCo Recreation Center on campus.

The college is seeking student and employee volunteers. Volunteers will be required to sign an authorization form that allows Augustana College access to test results. Volunteers will be informed of their test results. 

Volunteer form

Samples will be tested by Corteva. Results will be provided to the college and the test subjects within 48-72 hours.Times may be delayed as testing demands or other factors change.  

Volunteers will be selected at random at least 72 hours before the scheduled test date. Those selected will be informed of their scheduled testing date and time at least 24 hours in advance through Augustana email.

Testing will take no more than 15 minutes. Faculty should excuse selected students from class to participate.

Testing for symptomatic community members is available as needed following a recommendation from a health care provider, through the Augustana Convenient Care Clinic (paid for through the college’s Surveillance Testing program) or at the Genesis Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic (paid individually) at 3900 28th Ave. Drive, Moline, Ill., 61265. Genesis asks that those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to call ahead prior to walking in; 309-281-2840.