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Sentinel Testing

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 and stay on campus by participating in sentinel testing. Each week we randomly select employees and students to be tested to give us idea of how much COVID-19 is circulating on campus. By participating in sentinel testing, we unite to stay on campus. UAB plans to test between 2.5% to 5% of the population randomly on a weekly basis, regardless of symptoms. Sentinel testing is a dedicated resource that does not take testing away from others who may feel sick or are experiencing symptoms. By participating, you will not be taking away from someone else.

What to Expect

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A minimally invasive nose swab test. Not the dreaded up-to-your-brain swab.

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To get back to life right after getting tested. There's no need to quarantine if you're not experiencing symptoms.

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Not to pay a dime. This is 100% free.

For Students

  • Student sentinel testing invites are sent daily. Be sure to check your UAB email regularly for an invite.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, do not schedule a sentinel test. Use UAB Healthcheck to report your symptoms and follow the next steps to see if you need to be tested. 
  • Randomly selected individuals will receive an email from our trusted partner, Verily (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), directing them to sign up for a testing appointment.
  • Students must schedule an appointment through the Verily platform. Student sentinel testing is conducted in the following locations:
    • Blazer Hall Residence Life Center on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
    • Volker Hall on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The test consists of an observed nasal self-swab that will be processed in an on-campus lab. A healthcare professional will observe each self-test to ensure accuracy and provide coaching if needed. This test is not the more invasive nasopharyngeal swab.
  • Those being tested will be contacted within 24-48 hours with results.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from Student Health to give you the next steps on how to protect yourself and others around you.

Clinical students, students living in UAB residence halls, students involved in registered student organizations and student athletes are required to participate in sentinel testing if selected.

For Employees

  • Employee sentinel testing invites are sent on Sundays at noon. Be sure to check your UAB email regularly for an invite.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, do not schedule a sentinel test. Use UAB Healthcheck to report your symptoms and follow the next steps to see if you need to be tested.
  • Employee Sentinel Testing is conducted at 6 UAB Medicine clinical locations on Tuesday through Thursday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • UAB Medicine Inverness
    • The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital
    • UAB Medicine Inverness
    • UAB Hospital-Highlands
    • UAB Medicine Gardendale
    • UAB Medicine Leeds
    • UAB Medicine Hoover
  • The test consists of an observed nasal self-swab that will be processed in an on-campus lab. A healthcare professional will observe each self-test to ensure accuracy and provide coaching if needed. This test is not the more invasive nasopharyngeal swab.
  • Employees do not need an appointment. 
  • Those being tested will be contacted within 24-48 hours with results.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from Employee Health to give you the next steps on how to protect yourself and others around you.

We're counting on you to join the fight against COVID-19 on our campus.