CAMPUS COVID SCREEN an der GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITÄT GÖTTINGEN

The University of Göttingen is offering its students and employees the opportunity to be tested for SARS-CoV-2 infection on a voluntary basis as part of the CAMPUS COVID SCREEN project. The aim of the project is twofold: in particular, to enable safe and responsible attendance in person during the winter semester 2020/2021; and at the same time to contribute to minimising the risk from unidentified infections with SARS-CoV-2 as far as possible. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation. With CAMPUS COVID SCREEN we want to model a prediction tool that enables us to make projections for high-risk or low-risk courses or to make a prediction for the likelihood of transmission for courses at the University of Göttingen.

Thank you very much for your interest and, if appropriate, your willingness to participate. Please see information about the test process below:

During the test you will be asked to provide a saliva sample; your sample will be analysed for the presence of Sars-CoV-2 RNA using a molecular genetic method, known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Your saliva sample will be used to determine whether there are any virus components in it that could indicate infection with SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 virus. The sample is taken at a designated test station, which you will be informed about in advance, and is processed in the laboratory of the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine.
As a participant, you will receive a sterile swab at the test station, which you will use to first take a saliva sample yourself following the protocol provided. The swab is then handed over to a person standing ready to receive it, who is located behind a Plexiglas wall with appropriate personal protective equipment.
After the swab is handed over, it is placed directly into a sample tube with a denaturing lysis buffer, which is labelled as belonging to the tested person. After approximately 20 seconds, the swab is removed from the lysis buffer and transferred to a solution that inactivates any viruses present. The sample material in the lysis buffer of the sample tube, which you have prepared for testing, is considered inactivated a few seconds after the transfer.
The sample tube is carefully closed, carefully cleaned and then sorted into a sample rack. A video demonstrating the sampling procedure can be found at https://youtu.be/qGSoegAN08k.

Please ensure to refrain from eating and drinking for 30 min prior to your testing, thank you!

If nothing of concern was found in your sample, you will automatically be notified of your negative result by email.

If your sample was positive, you will be informed by email; at the same time, you will receive information about the current Niedersächsischen Absonderungsverordnung (Lower Saxony’s regulations about quarantine and self-isolation) so that you know what to do next.
The test used by the CCS project is a highly sensitive PCR test which is not available on the market and therefore cannot be used for official purposes. For this reason, it is recommended you follow the guidance that applies to "Verdachtspersonen" (people suspected of carrying an infection) as per § 1 Nr. 4 in the Niedersächsischen Absonderungsverordnung. In this context, Verdachtspersonen are required to go into quarantine immediately as well as to take a certified PCR test and then, if the result is positive, to contact the appropriate Gesundheitsamt (health authority).

For details, please refer to information on Lower Saxony’s portal (in German):
Hinweise zur Quarantäne, or the PDF Niedersächsischen Absonderungsverordnung

In rare cases, you may receive the following message: "Materialbeschaffenheit, bzw Menge sind zur Durchführung der Testung nicht geeignet." This means that your sample was not suitable for testing. This is not the same as receiving a positive result. If you receive this message, you are advised to submit a new sample to CCS as soon as possible. Please note: do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes before giving your sample.”

Although a high rate of testing is desirable, any participation in testing is voluntary. There will be no disadvantages for non-participation; in particular, participation is not a prerequisite for access to university courses.
Please note that testing in the context of this project does not release anyone from the obligations required by the public health department.

If you decide to participate, it is our responsibility to comply with all data protection requirements in connection with the receipt and processing of your personal data. We therefore ask you below for your express consent to the collection and processing of the following personal data within the scope of registration for CAMPUS COVID SCREEN.

We would also like to draw your attention in particular to the following:

By participating in the testing and the subsequent test results, you will also be contributing to the body of valuable scientific knowledge in the context of research into the pandemic. If you would like to support us voluntarily in this research, please give your consent during the registration process; we are grateful for your support. Please note that consenting for subsequent use of the result for research purposes is not a prerequisite for participation in CAMPUS COVID SCREEN. In the event of your consent, your personal data / health data will be anonymised prior to its use for research purposes.

If you have any questions about CAMPUS COVID SCREEN, the testing or the results of the testing, please contact ccs@uni-goettingen.de.

Thank you very much! We look forward to your participation!

Please note: The test result received by e-mail within CCS does not meet the requirements of a medical certification in terms of applicable infection protection regulations respectively SARS-CoV-2 related international travel regulations.