UToledo Employees Can Request COVID-19 Surveillance Test Through Expanded Program

August 19, 2020 | COVID-19, News, UToday
By Tyrel Linkhorn

The University of Toledo is expanding its COVID-19 surveillance testing program for employees by making a limited number of tests available by request.

Asymptomatic faculty and staff who are not selected to participate in UToledo’s weekly random testing but would like to be tested for COVID-19 can request a test by completing a webform.

Employees and students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, tiredness, dry cough or changes in their sense of taste or smell, should call The University of Toledo Medical Center’s testing line at 419.383.4545 to schedule an appointment.

Because of limited capacity for by-request testing, faculty and staff members are only eligible for one test every four weeks. Slots will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

After registering through Human Resources, employees will be sent a unique registration link to schedule an appointment for the saliva-based testing provided by the Utah-based Azova, which is conducting voluntary random surveillance testing for UToledo.

Individuals who are tested during the next four weeks will receive their results through Azova’s secure web platform. If they test positive, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department would be notified. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses for participants. The University will work with an individual’s insurance company, and in the event the test is not covered, the University will cover the costs.

Because the virus can be transmitted by individuals who are infected but not showing symptoms, surveillance testing can play an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

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