Latest Testing Results and Current Testing Strategy

In an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible, Embry-Riddle leverages a multi-pronged Covid-19 testing strategy by using several different types of testing. Each approach leverages the experience of our medical professionals in determining who should be tested.

Our two residential campuses use different types of testing technology, based on the tests that are available to Embry-Riddle through our supply chains in Arizona and Florida.

Screening and Contact Testing, to be conducted on Wednesdays on our Daytona Beach Campus once the spring 2020 semester begins (beginning on Jan. 27), focuses on assessing key groups (i.e., Flight, Athletics, ROTC, on-campus, off-campus, and so on) to capture a fair “snapshot” of the university as a whole. Those who are randomly selected for Thursday testing are required to take the test as stated in the Embry-Riddle Honor Code / Standards of Conduct.

These diagnostic tests, approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), are based on nasal and/or throat swabs and offered in partnership with area healthcare providers. The tests identify anyone currently infected by SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Test results are usually available within about 48 hours.

Sentinel Testing, conducted on both of our residential campuses, focuses on those living, working and learning in large group settings, where close contact may increase the risk of spread. Our medical professionals will determine groups of individuals who may be at a higher risk due to close contact and will help students self-administer the test. This FDA-authorized test kit involves a lower nasal swab. The goal of sentinel testing is to assess a cross-section of the population in the residence halls each week.

Rapid Testing for Symptomatic Individuals. On both campuses, Embry-Riddle’s healthcare professionals have the ability to conduct rapid testing if an individual’s symptoms suggest a need for quick results.

Other key points are listed as follows:

  • If you are selected for testing, you will receive direct e-mail notification, and you will be required to complete your appointment and be tested.
  • “Pop up” sentinel testing is voluntary, made available often and/or as needed on campus throughout the semester, and is always advertised ahead of time. If you feel sick, reach out to your campus health professional for guidance on what actions you should take.
  • You may be selected by our medical professionals for multiple types of testing.
  • Usually, you will be able to go about your business as you await your test results. However, Embry-Riddle healthcare professionals will determine if quarantine or isolation is necessary in specific cases. Follow all instructions.
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