COVID-19 Testing Information

Updated Sept. 28, 2020 | Questions? Email reawakening@kcumb.edu


Beginning Sept. 28, KCU will facilitate a COVID-19 randomized surveillance testing program for students and employees currently engaged in on-campus activities.

You are required to wear a mask to the testing event.

IMPORTANT: You must complete a supervised individual COVID-19 saliva test and receive a negative result before returning to campus. It is recommended that your test is taken no earlier than two weeks ahead of your planned return to campus date.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing
for Employees

Additional testing dates have been added for employees whose presence on campus is essential to performing their job function during Stage 3.

Both Campuses

Every Wednesday beginning July 29
9 - 11 a.m. (by appointment)

To make an appointment, please log into the SSO portal and follow instructions on the myKCU intranet.

Prepare for Testing

Please review the step-by-step instructions to help you prepare for the KCU Viral COVID-19 Test. You are required to wear a mask to the testing event.

  1. Please view this video before the day of test.

  2. So that you can remain in your vehicle, hand gel will be provided in lieu of washing hands with soap and water, as video suggests.

  3. Remember, for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to test:
    • Nothing to eat or drink
    • Do not chew gum
    • Do not smoke
    • Do not brush teeth

  4. Bring a pen with you (pens will also be available on site if you forget).

  5. Bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license.

  6. Bring your cell phone to register your collection kit.

  7. When you arrive to the testing event, follow instructions for kit pick up, registration, specimen collection, and completed kit drop-off. You will see signage from your vehicle, receive guidance from the KCU on-site COVID-19 test guides and monitors; and you will have written instructions inside your kit. KCU test guides and monitors will be onsite to guide you through each step and to observe you as you spit into the provided tube.

    • Upon arrival to the testing event, a test guide will verify your identity, confirm written consent and hand you a test kit.

    • You will then be directed to park, wash hands and open your kit to register on your cell phone.

    • After you have completed the registration, you will be directed to the next station where a test monitor will observe as you produce saliva to the fill line of your tube (observing sputum production is a current FDA requirement.

    • Once your saliva tube is filled, follow the instructions for replacing funnel cap, changing to the screw cap and screw tightly. Shake specimen for 5 seconds.

    • Peel the barcode from your printed instructions and affix over the current 5500 barcode on the tube. Write your name on the provided label (exactly the same name as you used to register online!) and attach to tube.

    • Place tube inside Ziploc bag and seal.

    • Place Ziploc bag in box.

    • Place box inside the white UN3373 bag and attach shipping label.

    • KCU test guides and monitors will collect and ship to lab at end of the day’s event.

Thank you for your commitment and patience as we prepare to gradually return back to our respective campuses and ensure the safety and well-being of our KCU community.

Testing - Frequently Asked Questions

Surveillance Testing for Students, Faculty and Staff

Surveillance testing is generally used to monitor for a community- or population-level occurrence, such as an infectious disease outbreak, or to characterize the occurrence once detected, such as looking at the incidence and prevalence of the occurrence. Surveillance testing is used to gain information at a population level, rather than an individual level, and results of surveillance testing can be analyzed in aggregate. Surveillance testing may sample a certain percentage of a specific population to monitor for increasing or decreasing prevalence and to determine the population effect from community interventions, such as physical distancing and wearing masks.

Pool testing combines samples from several people and conducts one laboratory test on the combined pool of samples to detect COVID-19. Pooling is used for scenarios such as returning groups of workers to a workplace, returning students to campus or increasing campus activities. If a pooled test result is negative, then all the samples can be presumed negative with the single test. If the pooled test result is positive, each of the samples in the pool will need to be tested individually to determine which samples are positive.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The objectives of this essential step in our “Reawakening” plan are to:

  • Successfully mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19 in a more cost-effective and streamlined way;
  • Address trends and prevalence of the spread of the disease;
  • Allow for early detection; and
  • Provide for timely decisions on intervention.

Random samples of students and employees will be selected and tested for COVID-19 based on their on-campus schedule. Those who are randomly selected will be notified by email with the date and time of testing along with further details. If selected, you are required to participate unless otherwise exempted.

Any member of the campus community who fits the following criteria will be exempt from this randomized testing:

  • Develops symptoms of COVID-19 or becomes aware that they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. These individuals should engage with Score 1 and follow the protocol guidance provided.
  • Is now asymptomatic but has tested positive for COVID-19 from previous testing efforts during the last 90 days.

Please call Score 1 for Health, 1-877-425-0251, to report your symptoms and receive instructions.

FAQ for Employees

As part of KCU’s Campus Reawakening Plan and protocols, the University requires that all employees and students submit to KCU's COVID-19 saliva testing prior to returning to campus. The testing events are conducted weekly on both campuses every Wednesday beginning July 29, 9 - 11 a.m. by appointment.

To make an appointment, please log into the SSO portal and follow instructions on the myKCU intranet.

As part of KCU’s Campus Reawakening Plan and protocols, the University requires that all employees and students submit to KCU's COVID-19 saliva testing prior to returning to campus. The testing events are now conducted weekly on both campuses every Wednesday beginning July 29, 9 - 11 a.m. by appointment.

To make an appointment, please log into the SSO portal and follow instructions on the myKCU intranet.

When you are handed your test kit at the testing clinic, the test must then be registered online. You will need to have your cell phone with you in order to register your test. The test results are sent to you using the contact information you provide during the test registration process.

Your test results are sent to you using the contact information you provide during the test registration process. If you have a positive test result, KCU HR will be notified of positive results (as will the local health department). If you have a negative test result, you will be the only one notified.

Yes, we have a notification process in cases of positive cases on either campus.

If you cannot bring your own device to testing, there will be two iPads available at each clinic to register your test.

Please call Score 1 for Health, 1-877-425-0251, to report your symptoms and receive instructions.

Have a life off campus, but remember your choices impact the entire KCU community.*

  • Always maintain a physical distance of 6’ apart from others.
  • Wear a mask at all times while in public, especially indoor spaces.
  • Avoid large groups of people (more than 10) when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Avoid situations where people are not wearing masks.
  • Finally, in everything you do, stop and think: “If I do this, will I pass the KCU Daily Health Screening?”

* See Dr. Kristine Stevens' email dated 7/22/20

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