By Ashley Thomaz
With in person classes resuming on Monday, March 1, surveillance testing will now be in motion. A rapid test will be given each week to 50 randomly selected members of MSMC who will be selected to get tested. These include: students, faculty and staff.
Surveillance testing will allow the Mount to develop targeted interventions to deal with Covid-19 cases and prioritize health actions. In an email sent by Dean DiMarzo, he states, “Surveillance testing will help us to catch COVID-19 cases throughout the semester, not just at a single point in time.” A nasal swab (PCR) test was not required due to this new way of testing, but can still be required in the future.
By performing randomized testing, people who are asymptomatic can be identified which helps the effectiveness of preventing another outbreak on campus. “This way will be more effective at reducing the numbers and keeping them low,” says Victoria Santomauro, a MSMC junior, “it may force [people] to be more mindful of their actions because now they don’t know when they’ll be tested.”
Since surveillance testing is used to gain information at a population level instead of an individual one, David Fernandez, junior, says conducting these tests will have a “better representation of the overall health on campus.”