Although Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the ongoing impact of Delta and Omicron variants continue to impact businesses worldwide, it is very encouraging to see that employers are deeply committed to providing safe workplaces for employees returning to the office.
Here at A-Check, we continue to have near daily conversations with clients looking for trusted resources to help them transition employees back from remote work—or are including “office life” as part of a hybrid work solution.
These conversation regularly focus on implementing ongoing COVID-19 testing as a critical element of return to office efforts. Requiring employees to test negative for COVID-19 prior to an office return—or as part of an ongoing, weekly safety measure—can easily be put in place with a little help from A-Check!
We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s well worth repeating that we’re here to help by providing COVID-19 testing solutions through A-Check’s medical partner network.
COVID-19 At-Home Specimen Collection (With Lab Processing)
Through A-Check’s partnership with Quest Diagnostics, we offer an at-home swab collection option to help diagnose whether your employees currently have COVID-19.
This anterior nares (nasal) swab collection kit, which is authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), allows your employees to self-collect a sample to then be tested at a Quest laboratory. This test is used to screen for COVID-19.
Your employees have a convenient option to collect an upper respiratory nasal sample at home using the collection kit sent directly via express delivery at no additional charge to them. Detailed instructions on how to collect a sample are included in the collection kit. Also included in this at-home kit are a prepaid overnight shipping label and envelope that your employees can use to securely ship the sample to a Quest laboratory for COVID-19 testing.
Your employees are alerted when test results are ready (typically within 24-48 hours) and have secure access to the patient-friendly report. Additionally, your administrators can securely review and verify employee participation, status, and results online.
Who Should Get Tested?
While effective testing is essential in helping slow COVID-19 spread by identifying and isolating those with active infections, it’s also critical to make sure tests are distributed and implemented efficiently. Our lab partners encourage their testing services as an option to consider for those who:
- Are required to perform COVID-19 testing to meet school, workforce, or travel requirements.
- Are identified by an employer, public health department, contact investigator, or healthcare provider as someone who should get tested.
- Have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Live or work in a place where people reside, meet, or gather in close proximity.
- Currently have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or loss of taste or smell (typical symptoms).
- Are trying to determine if a prior infection with COVID-19 has resolved.