UAB Pathology to Process More Than 200,000 Samples in GuideSafe Entry Testing of College Students

| August 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

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By Christina Crowe

Nearly a quarter-million college students across Alabama can be tested for COVID-19 with a free, rapid, noninvasive nasal-swab-based procedure, to ensure a negative test – or quarantining in the case of a positive result – before returning to campus.

The work is made possible by GuideSafe Entry Testing, a large-scale testing strategy implemented throughout the state to ensure a safe return to campus for more than 200,000 college students for the fall semester. GuideSafe Entry Testing is part of GuideSafe, a multitool platform formally announced Aug. 3, that includes GuideSafe HealthCheck, GuideSafe Exposure Notification Application, and GuideSafe Event Passport.

The UAB Department of Pathology, led by Dr. George Netto, the Robert and Ruth Anderson Endowed Chair, adapted its clinically offered testing capabilities to a pool approach. This strategy allows for increasing testing the next 20-plus days leading up to the start of school.

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