COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

This session will cover the different types of tests for SARS-CoV-2, what they measure, how they work, and what they tell us. The saliva-based surveillance testing at Notre Dame and the University of Illinois will be highlighted, as well as what the Universities learned this semester, and what institutions can do for a safer spring semester.

Preview for Week 8

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

Heidi Beidinger-Burnett gives a preview of this weekā€™s session.Ā Ā 

Testing Overview

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

Mary Ann McDowell covers the different types of tests for SARS-CoV-2, what they measure, how they work, and what they tell us.

PCR Testing

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

This tutorial describing the basics of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) used to detect SARS-CoV-2 was originally posted for the Wastewater testing session.

Antibody Testing

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

This tutorial describes the basics of Antibody Testing used to determine if someone has been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Antigen Testing

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

This tutorial describes the basics of Antigen Testing used to detect SARS-CoV-2 with a focus on the Sofia test used on the University of Notre Dame Campus.

HERE to conduct surveillance testing to keep the University open

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

Read the article by Gwen O’Brien that describes the surveillance testing at the University of Notre Dame.

Pictured above, row by row, top to bottomĀ are Brad Sandberg, Jessie Schuman and Brandon Rich. In row 2, Caleb Reinking, Joanna McNulty, Liz Rulli and Zulema Reyes '23. In row 3 are Kiara Gallagher '21, Katelyn Steenvoorden '21 and Haley Rague '21. Not pictured are Melanie DeFord, Sue Ryan, Carol Mullaney,Ā CarolinaĀ AvendanoĀ and John Lloyd.

Tracking COVID-19 Data

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

This presentation will track the COVID-19 data in St. Joseph County, IN, while describing the public health implications.

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Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

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Featured Speakers: 

  • Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, Director, Eck Institute for Global Health Masters Program; Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame; President of the St. Joseph County Board of Health
  • Mary Ann McDowell, PhD, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame
  • Liz Rulli, Associate Vice President for Research, University of Notre Dame
  • Paul Hergenrother, Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, University of Notre Dame

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