On Campus COVID Testing Administered by PMH Laboratories

Instructions & Overview

As you know, we have begun weekly testing of all faculty and staff who will be on campus. If you choose to test with us, on campus, the tests will take place every Thursday.

In order to take part in this on-campus testing, we need 3 documents from you at your FIRST PMH appointment:
 
PMH TEST-TAKING CHECKLIST FOR FIRST PMH APPT:
  1. Set up your appointment using this link. Please bookmark this link and use it to book your weekly Thursday testing time.
  2. Please fill out the RT-PCR Test Request Form. This form needs to be brought to your appointment each week.
  3. Please fill out the Release of Medical Information Form. This form only needs to get filled out once and sent to Juana Ochoa jochoa@stmatthewsschool.com
  4. Please supply a scan or copy of the front and back of your medical insurance card and bring that to your appointment. This only has to be done once so PMH can get you into their system.
     
SUBSEQUENT PMH TESTS TAKEN AT SCHOOL:
 
Should you select to have your PCR test done weekly at School, a new RT-PCR Test Request Form will need to be brought to your appointment each time you take the test.
  1. Set up a new Thursday appointment using this link. Please bookmark this link and use it to book your weekly Thursday testing time.
  2. Please fill out the RT-PCR Test Request Form for each new testing week and bring it with you to your appointment.
Nurse Hanne has set up Thursdays as the sole, on-site testing day for employees.
 
If you cannot find a timeslot that works with your Thursday schedule, please sign up for an appointment time anyway, and then simply arrive for your test at the best time for you between 8 am - 4 pm that Thursday. Each week, we need an official appointment for you registered in the system, even if it is different than the time you actually come in to take your test.
 
Note: Even though Nurse Hanne can accommodate necessary time shifts on Thursdays’ hourly schedule, Thursdays are the only days the School will provide on-campus testing. If Thursdays don’t work for you, you are welcome to obtain an FDA-approved, PCR-style, SARS-CoV-2 test anywhere and provide her with the results each week, or on any week that you cannot perform the test on campus.
 
One way to ease the hassle of this step is to pre-fill it out and print 7-10 of these forms to have at your fingertips. To ease the necessity of ongoing appointment-setting and the printout of the weekly RT-PCR Test Form Form every week, you may choose to set up a calendar reminder or alarm to book your testing appointment every week.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Hanne: hkim@stmatthewsschool.com
 
Important information for employees post-test:
  1. Please read these instructions on how to access test results.
  2. Please review the Notice of Privacy Practices.
 
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IMPORTANT
 
Staff who have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus within the last 90 days are exempt from asymptomatic testing. If this applies to your child, please send documentation of the positive covid PCR test to hkim@stmatthewsschool.com.
 
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F.A.Q.

What test method does PMH Laboratory, Inc perform for the detection of COVID-19?
We currently utilize Quidel Lyra® SARS-CoV-2 Assay is a real-time RT-PCR assay intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab specimens from patients suspected of COVID-19.
 
What does my COVID-19 test mean?
Results are for the identification of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. The SARS-CoV-2 is generally detectable in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimens during the acute phase of infection. Positive results are indicative of the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA; clinical correlation with patient history and other diagnostic information is necessary to determine patient infection status. Positive results do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. Laboratories within the United States and its territories are required to report all positive results to the appropriate public health authorities.
 
Negative results do not preclude SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information.
 
Why is collecting SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) laboratory testing important?
RT-PCR and Serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 are intended for individuals who may currently have COVID-19 virus, even if the individual does or does not display symptoms. Understanding if an individual has an active infection can help the spread of the virus.