Goucher College understands the critical role COVID-19 testing will play in the return to campus plan. As such, the College has planned a comprehensive dual-modality approach to testing. It features a combination of wastewater (sewage) testing and RT-PCR (Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) saliva-based testing.
Because Goucher is well situated for wastewater testing at the campus and building level, this method can provide data from many people, act as an early warning system, and offer low concern for false negatives. Additionally, implementing the saliva-based RT-PCR testing will allow for finding and isolating positive cases of COVID-19.
The comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Plan includes details on pre-arrival, post-arrival,
symptomatic, and close contacting testing.