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PPS would like to thank all the parents and guardians who have filled out paperwork allowing their students to participate in the free weekly COVID-19 testing funded by the State of New Jersey.

The opportunity to sign up has been extended. To enroll your student, please complete this consent form and HIPAA waiver. The portal will remain open to allow all interested parents and guardians the opportunity to sign their students up for pool testing.

  • If a pool test result is negative, then all the samples can be presumed negative with the single test.
  • If a pool tests positive, the lab will be able to identify which sample is positive within hours and that student and family will be notified. Only the student who tests positive will be required to isolate.

Pools will either be random groups of 24 samples, or in some instances, the pools could be a specified group, such as a sports team. If a student tests positive, the normal contract tracing protocols will be followed. More information about on-site testing dates at schools will be available soon.

FAQ

What is Mirimus SalivaClear?

SalivaClear is a three-stage testing protocol to monitor and detect SARS-CoV-2 infection in populations and identify infected individuals by testing people in groups called pools.

Stage 1: Test pools of up to 24 samples
Stage 2: Test positive pools in smaller subpools of 2-3 samples
Stage 3: Reflex positive subpool samples as individual diagnostic tests


What are SalivaClear result turnaround times?

Stage 1: 24 hours from receipt of samples at the lab
Stage 2: 12 additional hours from Stage 1 results
Stage 3: 6 additional hours from Stage 2 results


Is SalivaClear a PCR test?

Yes, SalivaClear is a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.


What is pool testing?

Pool testing means combining respiratory samples, such as saliva from several people and conducting one laboratory test on the combined pool of samples to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Why is pooling used?

Pooling allows Mirimus to test more samples with fewer testing materials and achieve faster result turnaround times.


What is your saliva sample collection method?

We use a simple self-collection method that is composed of a 2 mL cryogenics vial and saliva collection aid (straw).  The saliva straw fits into a cryogenic vial and the testing individual deposits 1 mL of saliva through the straw into the vial. 1 mL of saliva is required for pool testing, subpool testing, and individual diagnostic testing.


Is a saliva sample stable at room temperature?

Saliva samples are stable at room temperature without any buffer or refrigeration required for storage or transport.


What test system is used for SalivaClear testing?

Mirimus uses the Thermo Fisher TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit for pool and individual diagnostic testing. It is a fast, highly sensitive multiplex diagnostic solution that contains the assays and controls needed for the real-time PCR detection of RNA from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


What is SalivaDirect?

SalivaDirect is a process developed at the Yale School of Public Health to test persons suspected of having COVID-19 for the virus, SARS-CoV-2. SalivaDirect received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 15, 2020.

Yale has designated Mirimus as an authorized laboratory to provide SalivaDirect as a method for individual diagnostic testing.


What happens if the pooled test result is not detected (presumptively negative)?

If a pool test result is negative, then all the samples can be presumed negative with the single test. In other words, all the people who provided samples can be assumed to test negative for SARS-CoV-2 infection.


What happens if a pool test result is detected (positive)?

If a stage 1 pool test detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the samples in the pool will be tested in smaller stage 2 subpools of 2 -3 samples. The positive stage 2 subpools will then be individually reflex tested as a diagnostic to identify the positive individual.

 

 

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