Intensive Testing FAQ’s

 

What is Intensive Testing?

Intensive Testing is the consistent and frequent testing of every person who enters our community.  This is the fastest and most scientifically proven way to suppress a pathogenic virus.

What is the Intensive Testing Pilot Program at Geekdom?

The Pilot Program is a 4 week program where, in addition to the existing health and safety protocols in place, we will test every member working at Geekdom once every 7 days.  In the first week, we will test on Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm and adjust scheduling and availability as needed.  The tests will be administered by medical professionals in the Geekdom Event Centre. 

How can I participate?

Reach out to testing@geekdom.com to get scheduled.

What kind of test is it?

It is the PCR mid-turbinate nasal test. Video demo here.

How much does the test cost?

The costs are 100% covered.  If you have insurance, you will be asked to provide insurance information (read more).  If you do not have insurance, you will be asked to provide your Driver’s License number.  If you do not have a Driver’s License, you will be asked to provide your Social Security Number.

Why do you need my insurance information?

For the growing number of Americans infected or worried about being infected with COVID-19, health insurance providers are providing peace of mind. Health insurance providers moved swiftly to proactively eliminate patient cost sharing for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and treatment – no copay, no coinsurance required.

Why do you need my Driver’s License or Social Security Number?

Under the CARES act, if you do not have insurance, the cost will be covered by the federal government.  This is how they verify your information.

Why are we doing this?

We want to detect infections as quick as possible to mitigate the risk of transmission.  As soon as we know of an infection, we want to be able to ensure that (a) the infected individual does not come to work and receives medical attention, (b) any close contacts within the building can be identified, supported and tested as appropriate, and may be asked to self-quarantine, and (c) cleaning and schedules can be adjusted as needed.

What are the goals of the Pilot Program?

1) We want to test our community population over the next 4 weeks to provide an additional data point to our community members so they can make informed decisions and have the confidence to come back to work.

2) We want to prove the validity of our process so it can be adopted and utilized elsewhere. 

Who can get tested?

The Pilot Program is limited to Geekdom Members only at this time.

When will I get my results?

These tests provide rapid results.  You should have your test result within 24 hours of the test.

How will I get notified?

You can choose if you would like a phone call or an email when you schedule your test.

What happens if I get a negative result?

You are able to come to work at Geekdom for the next 7 days from the day the test was administered.  You will need to schedule another test if you plan on coming back to work the next week.

What happens if I get a positive result?

Per the CDC, you are not able to schedule your next test and/or have access to Geekdom until after: 14 days* since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath).

*CDC recommends 10 days, Geekdom policy is 14 days.

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprevent-getting-sick%2Fwhen-its-safe.html 

 

I’ve already had COVID-19 and I already spent 14 days in quarantine.  Am I able to enter Geekdom?

Per the CDC, accumulating evidence supports ending isolation and precautions for persons with COVID-19 using a symptom-based strategy vs. the test-based strategy. Specifically, researchers have reported that people with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after their symptoms began, and those with more severe illness or those who are severely immunocompromised remain infectious no longer than 20 days after their symptoms began.

If this is your case, please reach out to testing@geekdom.com for next steps.  You will need documentation of your initial positive PCR test and/or doctor’s clearance.

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html 

 

Who has access to my test result?

The member, Geekdom representative, lab and Metro Health will have access to your test results.

 

Where did this concept come from?

This came from The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, an institution seeking to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies.

In May, they successfully introduced Intensive Testing to their existing protocols so their scientists could return to work (read more).  They have been able to stay open throughout this whole pandemic.  They have since partnered up with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support the state’s “Stop the Spread” initiative (read more).

 

Is anyone else doing this?

There is an initiative called “Crush the Curve” in Idaho that started to provide similar offerings and solutions to essential workers back in April in response to the local Stay Home order (read more).  Since then, the concept of testing asymptomatic individuals has been adopted and the project has scaled to be available to many more businesses (read more).

 

Why do this at Geekdom?

With the options we have right now, this is the fastest, least expensive and most scientifically proven solution to get back to work and reopen San Antonio.  At Geekdom, we pride ourselves in being the thought leaders of our space and we reside in the innovation hub of the Tech District.  It makes sense for us to pilot this innovative, scientific, data driven approach to testing and returning to work.  This is not a cure.  This is not a vaccine. This is an opportunity to do what we do best: ideate, collaborate and innovate towards a solution.  We will be a leader in this effort, providing a real solution that could bring us back to work and be an example for other organizations, cities and states.   

Who has access to my test result?

The member, Geekdom representative, lab and Metro Health will have access to your test results.

Where did this concept come from?

This came from The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, an institution seeking to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies.

In May, they successfully introduced Intensive Testing to their existing protocols so their scientists could return to work (read more).  They have been able to stay open throughout this whole pandemic.  They have since partnered up with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support the state’s “Stop the Spread” initiative (read more).

Is anyone else doing this?

There is an initiative called “Crush the Curve” in Idaho that started to provide similar offerings and solutions to essential workers back in April in response to the local Stay Home order (read more).  Since then, the concept of testing asymptomatic individuals has been adopted and the project has scaled to be available to many more businesses (read more).

Why do this at Geekdom?

With the options we have right now, this is the fastest, least expensive and most scientifically proven solution to get back to work and reopen San Antonio.  At Geekdom, we pride ourselves in being the thought leaders of our space and we reside in the innovation hub of the Tech District.  It makes sense for us to pilot this innovative, scientific, data driven approach to testing and returning to work.  This is not a cure.  This is not a vaccine. This is an opportunity to do what we do best: ideate, collaborate and innovate towards a solution.  We will be a leader in this effort, providing a real solution that could bring us back to work and be an example for other organizations, cities and states.   

 

Resources

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55cA9ZOdVFI 

https://www.ahip.org/wp-content/uploads/Health-Insurance-Providers-Act-Swiftly-as-Part-of-the-COVID-19-Solution.pdf 

https://www.broadinstitute.org/news/how-broad-institute-ramping-site-scientific-activity 

https://www.broadinstitute.org/news/broad-institute-commonwealth-massachusetts-team-test-risk-populations-covid-19-hotspots 

https://www.idahopress.com/coronavirus/crush-the-curve-to-provide-covid-19-tests-to-idahos-essential-workers/article_630c3a15-a6bf-531b-9db4-956e3a4efb00.html

https://crushthecurveidaho.com

 

1 Comment
  • Susan Price
    Posted at 17:58h, 12 August Reply

    I’m so proud of Geekdom’s thought leadership on this issue. Way to go!

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