Information about UMM’s “swab and send” public testing site

A release is online about a new public COVID-19 testing site located on the UMM campus, made possible by the University of Maine System and Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Information for the public and UMM community

What kind of testing is offered?
The tests are nasal swab PCR diagnostic tests administered by ConvenientMD. Results are processed by the State Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta.

When and where?
Tests will be administered Mondays, noon–4 p.m. in the C wing of Sennett Hall on the UMM campus. The first testing date is Monday, Nov. 23, and testing will continue through at least the week of Jan. 25.

Who can get tested?
Anyone can get tested, including members of the UMM community, who are encouraged to participate. The tests are free to the general public, regardless of symptoms and without the need for a referral from a healthcare provider.

How do I make an appointment?
Appoints can be made online: https://machias-covid-testing.appointlet.com/s/machias-testing

What other testing resources are available?
The Keep Maine Healthy website has a list of testing sites statewide, including rapid antigen testing sites for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Information for UMM students, faculty and staff

Can UMM staff/faculty/students still request a Vault saliva test instead?
As we move to remote instruction and then on to winter break, we are encouraging everyone to make use of the ConvenientMD testing site on Mondays if they feel they need a test. However, Vault tests will still be available over the break to those members of the UMM community who are unable to utilize the swab and send site for whatever reason. Please contact Marnie Kaler for assistance. As we move forward with plans to resume in-person instruction in the spring semester, we will resume multiphase asymptomatic screening, similar to what was conducted in the fall.