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COVID-19 Early Detection Program

The COVID-19 Early Departure Program is currently running but will pause after December 15 to allow the processing lab to scale-up for the January return of students. Participants should watch for email and text reminder messages about providing a sample. If you are off campus from November 30 to December 15, simply disregard any reminder messages. Thank you!

To enhance the safety of the Spartan community, Michigan State University's Reopening Campus Task Force has committed $1.4 million and a team of experts to tracking the SARS-CoV-2 virus on campus through the COVID-19 Early Detection Program.

Students, faculty and staff in the East Lansing area may voluntarily join this program to play an easy, yet crucial role, in enhancing the health and safety of everyone in the Spartan community.

How does it work?

Participants sign up for the program and fill out a short questionnaire. Once enrolled, participants will be contacted at various times throughout the semester to pick up a Spartan Spit Kit, follow several easy steps to provide a sample, then return the kit to one of several locations on campus.

Once the sample has been processed, participants will receive one of two results:

  • Not recommended for clinical diagnostic testing
  • Recommended for clinical diagnostic testing

Those who are recommended for clinical diagnostic testing will be connected with a nearby testing site and are recommended to self-isolate until their clinical results are confirmed.

This program has been designed to create a campus-wide net that provides two primary benefits:

  • Secure, timely recommendations to get clinical diagnostic tests for those participants whose saliva samples indicate they are at risk for spreading COVID-19 asymptomatically.
  • The generation of real-time population health data, so that university leaders can make critical, informed, and immediate decisions regarding the health and safety of MSU’s people and places.

Sign up to participate in the Community Detection Program

Learn More

About the COVID-19 Early Detection Program

Frequently Asked Questions

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How to provide a sample:

Spartan Spit Kit Demo