Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Testing for Students Through eMed

Starting after Fall Break, our COVID-19 asymptomatic screening testing program will be administered by eMed, a telehealth provider.

The Student Health Center, located in the Yalich Student Services Center, will continue providing tests for symptomatic COVID-19 testing, follow-up testing to positive antigen tests, and testing after exposure.

All students will take a COVID test at the end of Fall Break. The data from this baseline testing will inform frequency of testing moving forward.

Later today, Nov. 16, all students will receive an email from noreply@navica.abbott (sent to your CC email account). Follow the instructions in the email to download the Navica app, create an account, and enter the Connect Code to connect your account to Colorado College. Once you have connected your account, you are ready to participate in testing. Create your account and connect to Colorado College by Monday, Nov. 22. If you haven’t received the email invitation, please check your junk email folder, and contact us at covid19@coloradocollege.edu as needed.

Prior to the beginning of Block 4, all students, except for those who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the 90 days prior, will receive an email from covid19@coloradocollege.edu prompting them to pick up a BinaxNow test kit. BinaxNow test kits will be available at the Tutt Library circulation desk beginning
Monday, Nov. 29, at 8 a.m. You must bring and swipe your Gold Card to pick up a test kit. Students with exemptions who test twice weekly may pick up two test kits at a time each week.

For the initial testing after Fall Break, students residing in Mathias, South, and Loomis Halls should pick up their test kit at their hall’s front desk beginning Monday, Nov. 29, during desk hours.

Students will self-administer the test, e.g., in their room, supervised by eMed through a telehealth session. Our email communication will include detailed instructions. Students, please do not open the test kit before being prompted to do so during the telehealth session to make sure your test is recorded and counts toward the testing requirement. Please watch this short video to learn more about how to start your telehealth session and administer the test. Detailed information and FAQs about eMed testing are available here and at the bottom of this message.  

We will send a separate email regarding COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff soon.

Thank you for your participation in our testing program. Please reach out to us with any questions: covid19@coloradocollege.edu.

Sincerely,

Andrea Bruder
Chief Public Health Advisor to the President 

Mateo Muñoz
Chair, COVID-19 Policy and Implementation Committee

eMed FAQs

What kind of test does CC use for screening testing? 
The BinaxNow COVID-19 Ag Card is an antigen test. The sample is an anterior nasal swab. Antigen tests (not to be confused with antibody tests) detect COVID-19 infections very reliably during the infectious period, making them an excellent tool for screening testing. Their tendency not to pick up prior infections after recovery will help to reduce isolation needs. Because some false positive results are to be expected, all positive antigen test results are followed up by a molecular test at the Student Health Center located in the Yalich Student Services Center.  

How is the test administered?
 
Students self-administer the test, supervised by a telehealth provider, eMed.

How will I receive my test results?
 
You will receive your test results via the Navica app as well as via email.  

What happens if I receive a positive BinaxNow test result through eMed?
 
If you’ve received a positive test result, put on your mask (unless you are in your room by yourself with the door closed) and stay away from others. Our COVID-19 response  coordinator  will call you and discuss next steps.  Students will need to schedule a follow-up test at the Student Health Center to confirm the test result.  Do NOT go to the Student Health Center before speaking with a COVID-19 response team member. All positive test results will be followed up with a molecular test at the Student Health Center, located in the Yalich Student Services Center. Please stay near your phone.  
  • If the follow-up test is positive, the COVID-19 Response Team  will help you with isolation housing needs, meal and mail delivery, prescriptions, and other needs.
  • Students should contact their professor to discuss their needs for support, adaptation, or assistance with class.  
  • If the follow-up test is negative, you have no symptoms, and there’s been no known exposure, you will not need to isolate. 

Will testing still be available at Boettcher?
 
No. However, the Student Health Center, located in the Yalich Student Services Center, will continue providing tests for symptomatic COVID-19 testing, testing after exposure, and follow-up testing to positive antigen tests.  

What should I do if I have symptoms?
 
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. Students should contact the Student Health Center (719) 389-6384 to make an appointment with a provider who will help with testing and treatment needs. Provider appointments are available seven days a week (see schedule below). Students should also contact their professor to discuss their needs for support, adaptation, or assistance with class.  

Student Health Center, Yalich Student Services Center: 
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Can I use these test results for travel, attending events, etc.?
 
Yes. Simply show your test result on the Navica app. 

Who has access to the test results?
 
Each student has access to their own test results via the Navica app; eMed reports the test results to the county health department (required) and CC. At CC, the Testing Team, the Student Health Center, and the COVID-19 Response Team have access to the test results. 

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