To enhance the safety of the Spartan community, the Michigan State University Reopening Campus Task Force has committed $ 1.4 million and a team of experts to track the SARS-CoV-2 virus on campus through the COVID-19 Community Detection Program (CCDP).
Students, faculty, and staff on campus during the fall semester can voluntarily join in this program to play an easy, but crucial, role in improving health and safety of everyone in the Spartan community.
How does it work?
Participants enroll in the program and complete a short questionnaire. Once enrolled, participants will be contacted multiple times throughout the semester to pick up a Spartan Spit kit, follow several simple steps to provide a sample, and then return the kit to one of several locations on campus.
Once the sample has been processed, participants will receive one of two results:
- Not recommended for clinical diagnostic tests
- Recommended for clinical diagnostic tests
Those recommended for clinical diagnostic testing will connect to a nearby test site and are encouraged to self-isolate until their clinical results are confirmed.
This program has been designed to create a campus-wide network that provides two main benefits :
- Safe and timely recommendations for obtaining clinical diagnostic tests for those participants whose samples of saliva indicate that they are at risk of spreading COVID-19 asymptomatically.
- The generation of population health data in real time, so that university leaders can make critical, informed and immediate decisions about the health and safety of the people and places of MSU.