University Health and Counseling Services

USM Asymptomatic COVID Testing: Spring and Summer 2021

 

Phase 7 Summer Testing (Weekly from May 10-July 31)- No Quarantine Required

  • Who needs to test: all students, faculty, staff with an on-campus presence.
  • BEFORE COMING TO TEST- Make your appointment and confirm your contact information in the PointnClick web portal.
  • Type of test: ShieldT3 Saliva Test 

PHASE 7 TESTING TIMES & LOCATIONS

GORHAM (Hastings Rm. 167)

TUESDAY 1-6pm schedule via PointnClick web portal
WEDNESDAY 7:30am-12:30pm schedule via PointnClick web portal

Directions to Upton-Hastings Hall, Gorham


LEWISTON 
(LAC Campus, Rm. 285)

 TUESDAY

9am-3pm

schedule via PointnClick web portal

Directions to 51 Westminster Ave, Lewiston


PORTLAND 
(Abromson Center Rm. 109/110)

TUESDAY 1-6pm schedule via PointnClick web portal
WEDNESDAY 7:30am-12pm schedule via PointnClick web portal

Directions to 88 Bedford Street, Portland




Get Ready for Your ShieldT3 Test


 

Make your appointment via the PointnClick portal!

  • If you don't have a smartphone or having trouble with PointnClick, don't worry! Come to a testing site at any of our open times and our Testing Ambassadors will help you out.

***PHASE 7 TESTING LOCATIONS (May 10-July 31, 2021)***

GORHAM (Hastings Rm. 167)

TUESDAY 1-6pm schedule via PointnClick web portal
WEDNESDAY 7:30am-12:30pm schedule via PointnClick web portal

Directions to Upton-Hastings Hall, Gorham


LEWISTON
(LAC Campus, Rm. 285)

 TUESDAY

9am-3pm

schedule via PointnClick web portal

Directions to 51 Westminster Ave, Lewiston


PORTLAND
(Abromson Center Rm. 109/110)

TUESDAY 1-6pm schedule via PointnClick web portal
WEDNESDAY 7:30am-12pm schedule via PointnClick web portal

Directions to 88 Bedford Street, Portland

The Shield T3 COVID-19 asymptomatic test requires a 1 milliliter to 1.5 milliliter saliva sample.

60 minutes before your test DO NOT:

  • eat
  • drink
  • smoke
  • chew gum
  • floss

Be sure to hydrate with water. Stop drinking water 60 minutes before test time.

Clear saliva samples are required. Samples can’t be discolored, cloudy or contaminated with food particles.

  • Drink water before you fast! We're seeing that folks that come to test before having ANY fluids for the day or who are coming right after vigorous exercise/athletic practice are dehydrated and then struggle to produce a sample that yields a test result.  We recommend drinking at least 1-2 cups of water or clear fluid before you begin your 60 minute fast and, generally, 8-10 cups of fluid the day before your test.
  • Understand your anatomy. Take a moment to explore the inside of your mouth. You will notice a soft area underneath your tongue produces saliva from nearby salivary ducts when rubbed. When you arrive for testing and are well hydrated you can use your tongue to massage that area to produce saliva and pool it in the pocket under your tongue. 
  •  Let gravity do the work. While you use your tongue to massage the soft area underneath it, tilt your head forward and allow your saliva to naturally come forward. Avoid attempting to pull/suck saliva from the back of your throat or mouth. That area naturally has a lot of mucus and food particles.
  • Steer clear of coffee, milky, or heavily dyed beverages before your test. We’re finding 60 minutes may not be enough time to clear the substances produced by these beverages before they come to test. We encourage you to play it safe and wait until after you test to consume those beverages!
  • Rinse your mouth right before the start of your 60-minute fast. Vigorously swish clean water around your mouth right before you start your fast. This will help to clear out any particles that may be lingering in your mouth. Participles or discoloration from food, beverages, gum, tobacco, or other substances that appear in your saliva will result in the rejection of your test sample.
  • Fill your tube with between 1 and 1.5ml of saliva. No more, no less. Check the side of the tube for measurement marks. Too little or too much can cause your test to be rejected.
  • Refrain from chatting or keeping your mouth open while you're in line waiting to test. Opening your mouth too much can cause it to dry out, making it difficult to produce enough saliva.
  • Please stay away if you're sick. If you are feeling any new or unexplained COVID symptoms on the day of your test, we want you to stay away from our asymptomatic testing sites. Symptoms mean you are no longer considered “asymptomatic” and it is more appropriate for you to consult with your Primary Care Physician or, if you are a student and do not have one, USM's Health & Counseling Services team to help direct you to any necessary testing.

Watch for tips on how to prepare to provide saliva on the day of your test.

When you arrive at the campus test site for your scheduled appointment, you will follow these steps for providing a saliva sample:

  • At check-in, open the Safer Community App and show Test Ambassador your QR code
  • Sanitize your hands
  • Remove the cap from the vial
  • Attach the funnel to the vial
  • Deposit 1 ml to 1.5 ml of saliva
  • Remove funnel and cap the vial
  • Put vial in the plastic bag
  • At checkout, hand in bagged vial, discard funnel, sanitize your hands

Watch this video for an example of the test process!

After your saliva is processed by the lab, your results will be available directly in the PointnClick web portal Easy peasy!

Students: If you test positive for COVID 19

We want you to feel prepared to handle what comes your way. With the frequent testing we're doing on campus, and the possibility of confusion surrounding what you should and should not do, we wanted to clear some things up for you!

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  • Don't panic! We will be in touch very soon. If you're receiving results at night, we may not contact you until the morning.
  • Don’t leave campus or head home. The CDC asks that, to stop the spread of Covid-19, people remain where they are to complete quarantine and isolation. 
  • Pack what you will need for up to 10 days in isolation. Don't forget things like academic coursework, chargers and medications you'll need!
  • Don't leave your room unless it's to use the bathroom and remember to wear a face covering at all times.
  • We will bring meals to you in the morning, so do not go to the store or visit the dining hall. 
  • If you have to use the bathroom, be sure to wear your mask and bring some disinfecting wipes with you and wipe down the surfaces you touch like handles, light switches, etc.
  • If you’re wondering if you should tell folks, we recommend holding off until morning so we can give you guidance and context for questions you’re likely to get during those conversations. That said, you can certainly talk to whomever you’d like to and get support from. 
  • Be prepared to answer a call from some numbers you don't recognize. It's probably us! We are calling to work with you on your transition to another space.
  • Do not go to any scheduled in-person classes or testing on campus.
  • Do not allow anyone other than your roommate to enter your room.
  • If you get anxious, the helpful folks at Public Safety can help guide you. Call police dispatch at (207-780-5211). If needed , they can connect you with a Student Affairs Administrator On Call. We want to make sure you have the answers that you need to help you feel safe.

IF YOUR ROOMMATE/SUITEMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  • Don't panic! We will be in touch very soon.​ If they've received results at night, we may not contact you or them until the morning.​
  • Don’t leave campus and head home. The CDC asks that, to stop the spread of Covid-19, people remain where they are to complete quarantine and isolation. 
  • Pack what you will need for up to 10 days in ​quarantine.​ Don't forget things like academic coursework, chargers and medications you'll need!​
  • Don't leave your room unless it's to use the bathroom.
  • If you have to use the bathroom, bring some disinfecting wipes with you and wipe down the surfaces you touch like handles, light switches, etc.
  • If you’re wondering if you should inform family or friends right away, we would suggest, but not require, that you hold off until morning after we’ve had a chance to connect with you to jointly arrange a plan for next steps.  
  • Be prepared to answer a call from some numbers you don't recognize. It's probably us! We are calling to figure out how best to support you.
  • Do not go to any scheduled in-person classes or testing on campus.
  • Do not allow anyone other than your roommate to enter your room.
  • If you get anxious - call us. We can be reached through police dispatch (207-780-5211). Ask to be connected to the Student Affairs Administrator on Call. You don't have to be alone with this.

​In both cases, you should plan to answer a few phone calls from our staff. Our contact tracers will call to find out who you've been around in the last two weeks so that we can reach out to them and offer our support and guidance. Our care managers will call to check in with you and give you instructions on how and where to move for the duration of your isolation or quarantine, and can answer questions about how to get food, supplies, clean laundry, and access to support.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns, or just want someone to talk to. ​We are all in this together, and our staff is here to help you all along the way. 

We want you to feel prepared to handle what comes your way. With the frequent testing we're doing on campus, and the possibility of confusion surrounding what you should and should not do, we wanted to clear some things up for you!

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  • Don't panic! We will be in touch very soon. If you're receiving results at night, we may not contact you until the morning.
  • Don't leave your house or apartment. Avoid contact with roommates, wear face coverings too.
  • If you need food, our area supports Instacart and DoorDash. 
  • Call home and let your family know what's going on. 
  • Be prepared to answer a call from some numbers you don't recognize. It's probably us! We are calling to figure out how best to support you.
  • Do not go to any scheduled in-person classes or testing on campus.
  • Do not host guests in your apartment or house.
  • If you get anxious - call us. We can be reached through police dispatch (207-780-5211). Ask to be connected to the Student Affairs Administrator on Call. You don't have to be alone with this.

 

IF YOUR ROOMMATE/HOUSEMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  • Don't panic! We will be in touch very soon.​ If they’ve received results at night, we may not contact you or them until the morning.​
  • Don't leave your house or apartment. 
  • If you need food, our area supports Instacart and DoorDash. Shaws in Bangor also delivers to your house!
  • Call home and let your family know what's going on. Consider whether you can quarantine at home.
  • Be prepared to answer a call from some numbers you don't recognize. It's probably us! We are calling to figure out how best to support you.
  • Do not go to any scheduled in-person classes or testing on campus.
  • Do not host guests in your apartment or house.
  • If you get anxious - call us. We can be reached through police dispatch (207-780-5211). Ask to be connected to the Student Affairs Administrator on Call. You don't have to be alone with this.

​In both cases, you should plan to answer a few phone calls from our staff. Our contact tracers will call to find out who you've been around in the last two weeks so that we can reach out to them and offer our support and guidance. Our care managers will call to check in with you and give you instructions on how to get food, supplies, and access to support.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns, or just want someone to talk to. ​We are all in this together, and our staff is here to help you all along the way. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

ShiedT3 Saliva Test

Phase 6 Asymptomatic tests will be conducted by a Shield T3 Saliva test.

The Shield T3 COVID-19 asymptomatic test requires a 1 milliliter to 1.5 milliliter saliva sample.

Do not eat, drink or smoke, chew gum, brush your teeth or use mouthwash within an hour of your test.

Be sure to hydrate with water. Stop drinking water 60 minutes before test time.

Clear saliva samples are required. Samples can’t be discolored, cloudy or contaminated with food particles.

When you arrive at the campus test site for your scheduled appointment, you will follow these steps for providing a saliva sample:

  • Remove the cap from the vial
  • Attach the funnel to the vial
  • Deposit 1 ml to 1.5 ml of saliva
  • Remove funnel and cap the vial
  • Put vial in the plastic bag
  • At checkout, hand in bagged vial and discard funnel

Here is a flyer about preparing for the T3 test and doing the T3 test!

 

 

Phase 6 testing requires everyone that has an in person presence at USM for the spring 2021 semester, to test each week that they will be on campus. If you will only be coming to campus intermittently, you will be expected to test only on the weeks that you are on campus. Please use this One-Time or Intermittent Visit to USM Form to let us know which weeks you'll be on campus. This will allow us to add your name to the correct weekly testing rosters.

Some examples

  • You have a lab course that only meets every other week, you will need to test on the weeks that your lab meets.
  • You are taking online classes but work a few days a week in an on-campus work-study position, you will need to test every week.
  • You have an in-person course that starts March 1st and you don't plan to be on campus until then, you will need to start testing the week that the course begins.
  • If you are an entirely online student but you are going to the Testing Center to take a CLEP exam, and that will be the only time you'll be on campus, you will need to test the week of your test. You would not need to test after that if you continue to remain entirely remote. 

Some exceptions

  • You are working remotely but have to run to your office once to pick up a file and you have no interaction with other people. You will not need to test.
  • You tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days. You will have a 90-day excusal from testing. You must have your test results documented through Health Services- let us know at usmcovidtesting@maine.edu

You don't need a smartphone! The PointnClick web portal may be used by any computer, phone, or tablet that can get on the internet. If you're having trouble, please email help@maine.edu

You do not have to quarantine for Phase 6 or Phase 7 testing. However, isolation may be required if your test results are positive. 

If you have an in-person presence at USM this spring or summer you will be required to test weekly, starting the week of February 1, 2021. 

You may submit documentation of a negative test result in lieu of participating in testing through USM for any individual week. Tests must show that the sample collected was within the week of the testing that you wish to be excused from (see dates in the grid below).

For example, if you wish to be excused from testing with USM the week of February 22nd, you must submit test results from a sample collected from the following date range: February 22-26th.

Test results may be emailed to usmcovidtesting@maine.edu or faxed to UHCS at (207) 780-4911

Spring Week of Testing

Start Date

End Date

1

2/1

2/7

2

2/8

2/14

3

2/15

2/21

4

2/22

2/28

5

3/1

3/7

6

3/8

3/14

7

3/15

3/21

8

3/22

3/28

9

3/29

4/4

10

4/5

4/11

11

4/12

4/18

12

4/19

4/25

13

4/26

5/2

14

5/3

5/7

Summer Week of Testing

Start Date

End Date

1

5/10

5/16

2

5/17

5/23

3

5/24

5/30

4

5/31

6/6

5

6/7

6/13

6

6/14

6/20

7

6/21

6/27

8

6/28

7/4

9

7/5

7/11

10

7/12

7/18

11

7/19

7/25

12

7/26

7/31

SheildT3 Saliva Test 

Results are posted in the PointnClick web portal. 

 

Nasal Swab Test 

Results are available within 24-72 hours  through the ConvenientMD Patient Results 

Portalpatientresults.convenientmd.com 

 

VAULT Saliva Test

Results will be available through the VAULT account that you set-up while conducting your test.

 

 

Result Explaination Your Next Steps
Negative COVID-19 were not detected in your sample. Plan to test the next week you are on campus.
Positive COVID-19 was detected in your sample. Isolate from others until you receive a call from a member of University staff to discuss next steps.
Rejected The lab could not test your sample. Test again as soon as you can. If your result was reported over the weekend, please test early the following week.
Inconclusive The lab tested your sample and could not determine a positive nor negative result. Test again as soon as you can. If your result was reported over the weekend, please test early the following week.
Invalid The lab tested your sample and could not determine a positive nor negative result. Test again as soon as you can. If your result was reported over the weekend, please test early the following week.

Simply reschedule your appointment directly in the PointnClick web portal!

If an emergency has come up and you are not able to make any appointment time in the week you are required to test, email us at usmcovidtesting@maine.edu and we will work with you to find the best solution.

Trying to Get a New COVID-19 Test?

Not Experiencing Symptoms: FREE testing is available throughout Maine. See the Keeping Maine Healthy COVID-19 Testing Locations to learn where you can obtain a test. (Scroll down a bit to see the list) 

Experiencing Symptoms: If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms you may contact the following resources to discuss arranging testing request testing:

 

 

Test results may be emailed to usmcovidtesting@maine.edu or faxed to UHCS at (207) 780-4911 Printed documentation is required to be presented at the USM testing location at the student's allotted check-in time. This allows test results to be verified by a member of the University Health Services staff and provides the ability to quickly coordinate a test should any of the following parameters not be met.  Printed documentation must illustrate: 

  • The date that the test was administered
  • Whether test was PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or antigen test
  • A negative result
  • Clear identifying information on official results (student name, dob)
  • Student ID is written on test result (for quick identification confirmation on USM's side)

*antigen testing added to acceptable testing list 1/12/21

No, do not come in for testing if you are feeling symptomatic.  Consult with your Primary Care Physician or, if you do not have one, contact USM Health & Counseling Services.

"Fully vaccinated members of the University community will be exempt from weekly COVID-19 testing required of everyone participating in an on-campus experience this spring and summer. We will continue our weekly asymptomatic testing, tracing and isolation strategies beyond the end of the spring semester for those of us working and learning on a campus. Members of our community who voluntarily provide verification that they are fully vaccinated will not be required to participate in our asymptomatic testing program and are exempt from quarantining if they are a close contact of someone known to have COVID-19. If you are fully vaccinated please visit the volunteer vaccination submission form on our COVID-19 Testing Tracker so you can report your status. It's fast, easy, confidential, and doing so ends the requirement that you test weekly to participate in on-campus activities." Taken from 4/29/21 email from Chancellor Dan Malloy's email to the UMS community.

UMS personnel whose presence on campus is truly incidental will not be included in testing rosters for weekly spring testing. To be truly incidental, the presence must be a brief, one-time event or extremely infrequent (i.e. one or two unanticipated visits during the semester) and not involve in-person interactions with others on campus.

An example of incidental presence: you have been working remotely and need to pick up something from your office. You do not plan to interact with anyone, but simply stop by to grab the item and leave campus directly after.

Persons who have previously tested positive and subsequently completed their isolation period are excused from testing and are not to be tested for 90 days from the positive result. Positive test status must be recorded with Human Resources and/or University Health & Counseling. Please send documentation to: usmcovidtesting@maine.edu 

  • If the University closes: all testing sites will be closed.
  • If the University remains open without delay:  our sites will open for walk-in traffic as scheduled.
  • If the University opens late: our sites will open for walk-in traffic one hour after the University's scheduled opening time.

Please use this One-Time or Intermittent Visit to USM Form to let us know which weeks you'll be on campus. This will allow us to add your name to the correct weekly testing rosters.

Can't find an answer to your question?

Contact Us: usmcovidtesting@maine.edu