Project ET testing extended through July 1st, 2022.
Free COVID-19 Testing Now Available to Every Student, Teacher, Staff Member in K-8 Schools & Individuals in Underserved Communities & Congregate Settings
PerkinElmer has been selected by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD) to expand testing opportunities for K-8 schools, underserved communities, and congregate settings, such as homeless shelters in the Western U.S. that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.
Learn which federal resources are available to support school COVID-19 screening testing.
COVID-19 TESTING PROCESS IS QUICK & EASY
PerkinElmer’s easy-to-use solution simplifies the entire testing procedure including school on-boarding, child and staff registration, test ordering, sample management, and delivery of results.
Collect Test Specimen
Collection is quick & easy!
Ship Specimen to Lab for Testing
Sample collection devices are packaged for easy return to a regional testing lab.
Receive Your Results
Results are delivered within 48-hours of specimen shipment.
Ensuring the Accuracy of the COVID-19 Testing
PerkinElmer’s COVID-19 testing program greatly reduces the logistical burden on schools, underserved communities, and congregate settings in the western US, allowing them to easily and efficiently test their students, teachers, and staff for the Coronavirus. Sample collection using anterior nasal swabs is an easy process, students can swab their nostrils themselves under supervision. Sample barcodes are used to ensure the samples are tracked accurately. After the collection process, samples are shipped to our network of laboratories where highly trained laboratory staff process and report the COVID-19 test results. This process ensures the highest standards are maintained throughout the testing process.
COVID-19 Results You Can Depend On
Your testing will be performed using PerkinElmer’s RT-PCR assay, the most sensitive commercially available COVID-19 RT-PCR test, as reported by FDA’s reference panel study (FDA SARS-CoV-2 Reference Panel Comparative Data. May 19, 2021).
COVID-19 TESTING POSTERS
Increase the Effectiveness of Your School’s COVID-19 Testing Program
Frequently Asked Questions for No Cost COVID-19 Testing for Schools and Congregate Settings
Q: What type of test will be administered?
A: The PerkinElmer New Coronavirus Nucleic Acid Detection Kit RT-PCR test will be used, which is the most sensitive commercially available COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test authorized for emergency use by the FDA.
Q: How is the test administered at no-cost?
A: PerkinElmer has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense to manage the Project Expanded Testing (Project ET) in the West region of the United States, hence through this funding PerkinElmer is able to bring testing to K-8 institutions and underserved communities at no cost.
Q: Where is this program available?
A: PerkinElmer’s no cost testing is available in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.
Q: Are 9-12 schools qualified for testing using this program?
A: To qualify for this program, 9-12 schools need to be located in an area with a SVI of 0.5 or higher. The SVI of the region your organization can be ascertained by zooming in to your local county or zip code, or by typing your organization’s address into the CDC’s SVI Map, hitting enter, and then left clicking on the map. A black box will pop up with the region’s SVI index. If it is 0.5 or higher, your institution is qualified.
Q: What sample types are used for the COVID-19 testing?
A: Samples are collected using anterior nasal swabs by inserting the swab less than one inch into both nostrils while rotating several times against the nasal wall. This type of sample collection is less invasive and results in less patient discomfort than sampling from other upper respiratory sites.
Q: How quickly will results be returned?
A: Individual test reports will be returned within 24-48 hours. Remote locations may experience a delay in result reporting.
Q: Are individuals without insurance eligible to get tested?
A: There is no requirement for insurance in order to take part in this screening program, as there is zero cost to the individual or the institution.
Q: How often will students/faculty/staff/individuals be tested for Coronavirus?
A: Recipients of the Coronavirus screening program will be tested once per week to ensure a safe learning environment and minimize the risk to the school and external community.
Q: Can individuals collect their own samples?
A: Under the supervision of a clinical administrator, people tested for COVID-19 are able to swab their nostrils themselves. Having students or other participants swab their own nostrils reduces the risk of infection for healthcare providers. This is because sampling is less complex and can be done by the people being tested, using anterior nasal swabs typically results in faster sampling time.
A COMPANY YOU CAN DEPEND ON
We are eager to enable schools and congregate organizations to access COVID-19 testing at no cost and implement a screening program that works for them. Contact us at Together@PerkinElmer.com for more information
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