What is the latest guidance about phase six weekly on-campus testing?

In the interest of community safety and well-being as part of a safe return to in-person instruction in the spring 2021 semester, University of Maine at Machias COVID-19 phase six weekly asymptomatic testing for all members of the UMM community who are on campus in the spring semester will begin Feb. 1 and continue throughout the semester.

For phase six testing, the University of Maine System has entered into a partnership with Shield T3 to provide weekly on-campus COVID-19 PCR testing beginning Feb. 1. Saliva samples will be delivered to a mobile testing laboratory at the University of Maine. Test results are expected to be delivered electronically to participants within 24 hours of delivery. A news release with more details is online.

The noninvasive, saliva-based Shield T3 PCR diagnostic test is provided by the University of Maine System at no cost to you. The university’s existing partners may also be involved in testing as circumstances require.

When and where

Phase six testing will be offered weekly on campus in the C wing of Sennett Hall (the Clipper Lounge):

Mondays: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4–6 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

How to schedule a test

Beginning March 29, testing will no longer be scheduled through the RokMetro Safer Community app. 

Tests are scheduled through the PointNClick web portal. To schedule a test:

  1. Sign in at umaineportal.pointnclick.com using your maine.edu credentials.

  2. Make sure you’ve updated your consent form on this page. You will only need to do this once.

  3. Choose your location and make an appointment (you MUST choose a time slot with this new system, but you can come to the testing site ANY time during operating hours on the day of your appointment).

  4. Once you’ve confirmed an appointment, a unique QR code will be generated for you immediately. If you’d like, you can print this confirmation code to bring to the appointment. You will also be emailed a copy of the QR code and can present this email on your mobile device when you come to Sennett Hall for your test.

If you’re having trouble with the portal, click here for a detailed tutorial: maine.edu/information-technology/pointnclick-web-app/

How to take the test

The test requires a 1 milliliter to 1.5 milliliter sample of saliva. Do not eat, drink, smoke or brush your teeth within an hour of your test. Be sure to hydrate with water only up to 60 minutes before your test time. No post-test quarantine is required.

Information about taking the test will be posted at the testing site and also is available here.

Accessing results

Test results are accessed through the web portal. To see your results, log in to the PointNClick portal and click “view results”.

Who must get tested

Testing is required for the following populations: all residential students; off-campus students enrolled in one or more face-to-face classes; off-campus students who work on campus or make frequent use of campus facilities; faculty and staff who work on campus.

Persons who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 must still participate in on-campus testing.

If If extenuating circumstances prevent anyone in these populations from participating in testing during weekly testing hours on Monday or Thursday, please contact marnie.kaler@maine.edu to request alternate testing arrangements. Also email that address if you are not on campus this semester or working fully remote for the spring semester.

Exemptions

Employees whose presence on campus is truly incidental will not be required to participate in the weekly spring testing. To be truly incidental, the presence must be a brief, one-time event or extremely infrequent (i.e. one or two unanticipated visits during the semester) and not involve in-person interactions with others on campus.

Other bona fide reasons for granting exemptions to testing include an individual’s verified medical exemption.

Persons who have a previous positive RT PCR SARS-COV-2 test result within 90 days from the test are required to bring documentation of their test result to their testing appointment. They will be excused from testing for 90 days from the positive result.