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Standardized procedure for broad-based testing for SARS-CoV-2 in congregate settings: Considerations for health departments and healthcare providers

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Temperature check and consent form 2–3 people working in parallel Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2 Instruct the individual to sanitize hands and offer a facemask or cloth face covering (if not already wearing one and there are no contraindications) Check and record temperature on interview form or electronic record Add…

Temperature check and consent form 2–3 people working in parallel Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2
  • Instruct the individual to sanitize hands and offer a facemask or cloth face covering (if not already wearing one and there are no contraindications)
  • Check and record temperature on interview form or electronic record
  • Add date, location, and other details to interview form
  • Hand consent and interview form to participant
Registration, consent form, and test kit labeling 2–3 teams of 2 people (registrar and labeler); roles can be combined if fewer staff and/or individuals to be tested Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2
  • Collect signed consent forms
  • Enter first and last name (with spelling), date of birth, and contact phone number or email address onto documents and/or electronic record
  • Write date, first and last name, date of birth, specimen type (e.g., NP, NS, OP) on label
  • Attach sticker label to the specimen collection vial
  • Hand bag with specimen vial to participant and direct participant to interview station
  • Clean and disinfect clipboards and pens between participants
Interview and symptom screening 5-6 people Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2
  • Complete the form or electronic record with the participant following the script
  • Keep the form and direct the participant to testing station
  • Clean and disinfect participant side of table following each interview
Guide 1–2 people Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2 Help direct participants between stations Floater 1 person Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2 Troubleshoot issues that arise for any of the stations Testing 2-3 teams of 3 people each Bagger 3 people Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2
  • Stand just outside the testing station.
  • Receive bag with vial from participant; verify name and date of birth.
  • Remove specimen transport bag and hand vial and swab to snipper.
  • After specimen has been collected, hold specimen transport bag open for snipper to drop vial into the bag, ensuring the vial touches only the inside of the bag.
  • Holding the outside of the bag, double check that the vial is closed tightly
  • Seal the bag, removing as much excess air as possible

• Store vial and bag in cooler with frozen ice packs

  • Note: Specimens should be transferred from small coolers to refrigeration unit frequently to maintain temperature control
Swabber 3 people Gown, respirator,3 eye protection,4 gloves


(after every participant, remove gloves, sanitize hands, and apply new gloves)
  • Hand tissue to participant and instruct them to blow their nose and deposit in biohazard (red) waste
  • Provide instructions and explain testing procedure
  • Take swab from snipper and collect specimen
  • Insert swab with specimen into vial
  • Instruct participant to sanitize hands and check out
Snipper 3 people


(if using a breakable swab, then 2-person teams are sufficient, i.e., combine snipper and swabber roles) Gown, respirator,3 eye protection,4 gloves


(after every 4-5 participants, remove gloves, sanitize hands, and apply new gloves)
  • Take vial and swab from bagger and hand swab to swabber.
  • Cut swab after specimen has been collected
  • Replace the vial lid and ensure lid is sealed tightly
  • Drop vial into specimen transport bag held open by bagger
  • Clean scissors with alcohol wipe, leave scissor blades open to air dry
  • Clean space between tests
Specimen transporter 1 person (can be combined with floater if fewer staff and/or individuals to be tested) Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2
  • Periodic collection of bagged specimens from testing stations to on-site refrigeration if available or larger cooler. Temperature control should be monitored.
Check out 1-2 people Gloves, facemask if >6 feet away from person being tested2
  • Provide instructions on follow-up and how to get results

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