University Health and Counseling Services

USM Asymptomatic Covid Testing: Spring 2021

(updated 1/22/21)

Phase 5 (Safe Return Test 2:Week of 1/25/21)-No Quarantine Required

  • Dates: 1/25-Gorham(8-11:45 am and 12:30-3 pm in Costello Field House), 1/26-Portland (10 am-2 pm in Abromson Center 1st floor Lobby)
  • Who needs to test: everyone who tested in Phase 4. i.e. Residential Students, Spring Athletes, key staff with an on-campus presence, out of state commuters who have relocated to Maine for the spring, Music Ensemble students.

 

Phase 6 (Ongoing, weekly testing starting Week of 2/1/21)- No Quarantine Required

  • Dates: Feb 1 through May (14 rounds)
  • Who needs to test: all students, faculty, staff with an on-campus presence.
  • Residential Students MUST test weekly on Monday or Tuesday. Winter Athletes MUST test weekly on Monday.

 

GORHAM TEST OPTIONS (Ice Arena Lobby-enter near field house entrance)

 

Mondays & Tuesdays

Schedule Test

Time

8am-3:30pm

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LEWISTON TEST OPTIONS
(LAC Campus, Rm. 285)

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Schedule Test

Time

9am-3:30pm

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PORTLAND TEST OPTIONS
(Abromson Center Rm. 109/110)

 

Tuesdays thru Fridays

Schedule Test

Time

8am-3:30pm

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Ongoing

Gorham Campus Wastewater Testing - will restart in late January.

 

Can't find an answer to your question below?

Contact Us: usmcovidtesting@maine.edu

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You do not have to quarantine for Phase 5 or Phase 6 testing. However, quarantine may be required if your test results are positive. 

If you have an in-person presence at USM this spring 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 during Spring 2021. 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

 

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

We understand that work, classes, or other obligations may affect your ability to attend this testing. Email us at usmcovidtesting@maine.edu if you are unable to make it 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:

 

 

Nasal Swab Test 

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

Portalpatientresults.convenientmd.com/UMS

First Time Users: 

1) Enter Username: Your @maine.edu email address (SODEXO users, use the email address that you provided the staff member conducting your test).

2) Click 'Reset Password'

3) Enter your @maine.edu email, date of birth, and press "reset password". An email will be sent that contains a link you will need to click to create a password. You must click on this link within 2 hours.

4) Create Password

Returning Users:

1) Enter Username: Your @maine.edu email address 

2) Enter Password (min. 8 characters,  and at least 1 uppercase and 1 lowercase letter)

 

VAULT Saliva Test

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

 

SheildT3 Saliva Test (New for Spring 2021)

Info coming soon!

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: 

  • That the test was administered 72 hours prior to arrival on campus
  • 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

 

Saliva Test

Phase 6 Asymptomatic tests will be conducted by a Shield T3 Saliva test. Please fast 60 minutes before you arrive for your test & bring a smartphone, laptop, or tablet that connects to the internet. It is important that you not eat/drink/smoke/chew gum, etc. 60 minutes before your test. You need to be well hydrated to produce enough saliva, please be sure to drink during the day, but stop 60 minutes before you come to test.

 

Nasal/Throat Swab

Phase 4 & 5 Asymptomatic Tests will be conducted by ConvenientMD in conjunction with USM Staff. The test sample will be collected using a nasal or throat swab. 

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.

Yes, as per the University of Maine System policy, faculty, students, and staff with an on-campus presence are required to test, regardless of whether or not they have received the COVID-19 vaccination.

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.

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