COVID-19 Testing at Calhoun
Calhoun has partnered with Mirimus Labs, based in Brooklyn, to conduct weekly, non-invasive, saliva-based, pooled testing for COVID-19 for all students and employees who will be coming to our buildings. Mirimus Labs’ offering allows us to reliably conduct COVID-19 testing with accuracy and a quick turnaround. Pooled testing is a resource-effective way to efficiently test large groups and receive fast and accurate results, usually within 24 hours.
This additional safety measure is intended to complement—and not replace—the behavioral norms (daily temperature checks, completion of the pre-arrival health screening form, wearing masks), infrastructure changes, and other adjustments we have made to keep our community safe and our buildings open. In addition, members of our community are expected to continue to take measures while they are not on campus, as outlined in our Community Care Commitment, to further mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
Individuals who are unwilling or unable to participate in weekly testing through Calhoun must provide a negative test result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered within 48 hours of the saliva sample collection date in order to be permitted on campus. Students who do not participate in Calhoun’s weekly testing and do not provide a negative test result from an independent PCR test will not be permitted on campus.
COVID-19 Testing FAQs
- Who will be tested?
- When will it begin?
- What will the regular testing schedule be after the first week?
- What is pooled testing?
- How will testing be conducted?
- What if a student is unavoidably absent when kits are distributed or collected?
- Does being quarantined mean that transmission has occurred?
- When and how will we hear about the results of testing?
- How reliable is the test?
- Is there a potential for false positives?
- What are the costs associated with this testing?