Virus Action Team update: Consent for COVID-19 testing now online

Online consent form.
Image Credit: Valerie Hendrickson

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Grand Valley community continues to be low, as indicated on the GVSU data dashboard. This reflects everyone’s good work as we continue to follow face covering and social distancing guidelines, get tested and avoid large gatherings. 

Consent for Testing

Consent for COVID-19 testing at GVSU has now been incorporated into the online self-assessment. This eliminates the need to sign a paper form each time you test and speeds up the testing process. 

  • Consent allows GVSU, Spectrum Health and Trident, the lab we work with, to share data with each other as needed, as well as with public health entities as required by law. 
  • Once consent is given, a blue “Consent” box will be reflected on the self-assessment and will remain unless consent is revoked.
  • NOTE: Those who choose not to consent online can continue to complete their self-assessment, but will not be able to be tested for COVID-19 at GVSU testing sites.

Events and Travel Reminders

Grand Valley continues to follow state and CDC guidelines for travel and in-person events. Please check the Lakers Together website for complete information regarding travel and event guidelines, recommendations and requirements.

Antigen Testing

We will switch to antigen testing in our surveillance testing program beginning March 1; our symptomatic clinic will begin using antigen testing March 8. This will allow for additional testing hours and a turnaround time of about one hour for test results.

  • Those invited to test will be able to schedule up to two tests per week.
  • We will continue to use a self-administered nasal swab as our method for testing.
  • More information about antigen testing can be found on the CDC's website.

Watch the COVID-19 & Vaccine Town Hall

Thank you to those who attended and participated in the COVID-19 & Vaccine Town Hall.

You are encouraged to schedule a vaccination appointment with your local health department, participating pharmacy, or health system. Local information is available at Vaccinate West Michigan.