Rupa Udani, PhD; Kala F. Schilter, PhD; Ryan E. Hillmer, PhD; Rae Ann Petersen, BA; Shankar Srinivasan, PhD, MBA; Jonathan S. Marchant, MA, PhD; Ann Nattinger, MD, MPH; Honey V. Reddi, PhD
Background: This study documents the experience of an academic medical center implementing SARS-CoV2 screening of asymptomatic research personnel to support the “return-to-work” initiative and donor cadavers to support in-person student education.
Methods: Testing was performed on samples received June 1, 2020 (for the cadaver program) and July 20, 2020 (for the personnel screening program) through September 30, 2021. Data were evaluated to document the number of cases and the positivity rate.
Results: Approximately 3000 specimens were tested across both programs, with an overall positivity rate of 2.5% and 3.6% in the personnel and cadaver screening programs, respectively.
Discussion: This screening program serves as an example of institutional investment in the safety of its faculty, staff, and students alike to address specific needs of a global pandemic.