What’s Pooled Testing?
Pooling tests a group of people all at one time.
In pooled testing, samples are gathered from multiple people and mixed. That mixture is called a pool.
Instead of testing each sample individually, we test the pool. If the pool tests negative, then all the individuals in the pool are negative.
If the pool tests positive, we re-test the individual samples from that pool to see which person tests positive.
Why Pooled Testing?
Pooling makes PCR cost-effective.
$50 per pool; pools range from 5 – 10 samples.
Follow-up testing is $25 per sample.
We make pooled testing easy.
Automatic follow-up testing
“Three things are critical for school districts implementing COVID testing: time to results, accuracy, and cost. EduSafe provides same-day results with the gold standard PCR test to quickly pinpoint positive cases with an affordable pooled solution that does not burden school administration or distract from the learning environment.”
Safer Teachers, Safer Students Collaborative
Veritas is one of the nation’s
leading providers of pooled testing.
We provide an end-to-end solution for pooled PCR testing
that addresses the unique needs of schools, early education centers, and camps.
Chief Program Officer at Neighborhood Villages
How Does It Work?
We work hard so you don’t have to.
Hand out sampling kits
Frequently Asked Questions
What is pooling or pooled testing?
This approach increases the number of individuals that can be tested using the same amount of resources.
How many are included in each pool?
Why should we pool samples instead of testing individually?
How is Veritas' pooling method different from most?
By pooling at our lab, we take on the complexity of the logistics, management of samples, and reflex testing of any positive pools is faster and easier.
By having individual starting samples in case of a positive pool (reflex or followup) we do not need to go back and re-sample all of the individuals in the pool. This allows us to return results faster with less administrative and logistical burden.
How quick are results?
How to get started?
What are the steps to undertake before testing?
Before you start:
- Participate in a training and onboarding session with our team
- Enrol each individual through simple link we provide
- Receive testing supplies
- Establish a testing date and frequency
How do we receive supplies?
In advance of testing, you will receive collection materials sufficient for one month of testing (or 4 cycles) including some extra devices.
Collection materials include:
- Barcoded saliva collection devices
- Return biohazard bags
These will be either shipped or couriered to you.
How often should schools test?
As part of NTAP Veritas is happy to provide you with best practices and shared experience from other schools and districts across the country which have successfully delayed pooled testing.
How to perform the sample collection?
Depending if you choose saliva or lower nasal swab option collection devices will be sent with easy steps to follow:
For saliva collection:
- Assemble the funnel on the tube
- Spit into the tube up to the fill line
- Remove & discard the funnel and close the tube with provided cap
- Write Initials and DOB on tube
- Scan the QR code with your phone and enter the name and DOB
*Please advise testers not to eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes before collecting the saliva.
How will I receive results?
Portal allows easy download of results in excel format and allows sorting and search features. Roster of enrolled participants is also available for the administrators to track participation.
Are pooling results released to individuals?
In case of a positive pool, each participant is tested individually (reflex or followup) and will receive an individual (not pooled) diagnostics report in our clinical portal.
Administrators are notified of diagnostic reports being released but individual diagnostic reports are only provided to the individuals who can then choose to share their results with administrators and school staff at their discretion. Ordering physician is assigned to each diagnostic test performed.
Other arrangements, as long as they are compliant with the HIPAA regulations are possible, but the above described approach is generally adopted.