Mirimus COVID-19 Testing Program Guide

New Jersey Schools

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Administrators and District Enrollment

Top 3 Reasons a COVID-19 Testing Program is Being Implemented at Your School

Testing helps us to catch any cases of COVID-19 before they become outbreaks. In almost half of COVID cases, the individual does not experience symptoms but can still spread COVID-19, which is why testing everyone regularly helps to prevent spread and keep our schools open safely.

1. Help prevent COVID-19 spread in school

School COVID-19 testing programs reliably catch cases in those without symptoms that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. By isolating those individuals before they have a chance to infect others, school COVID-19 testing programs reduce school closures and enable more sustainable in-person learning.
“Weekly testing of all students, teachers, and staff can reduce in-school infections by an estimated 50 percent”

Rand Corporation and Mathematica Report, commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, 02-04-21

2. Build confidence among families and staff

Many schools have opened with far less than full attendance, school screening programs can help reassure nervous families and staff that schools are in fact safe places to learn and work.

3. Protect the broader community

By increasing the testing resources in the community, school COVID-19 testing programs enable students and families to protect their family, friends, and community and provide more information for local public health leaders to continue fighting the virus.
“Nearly half of all SARS-CoV-2 infections are transmitted by people who are not showing any symptoms…A positive test early in the course of the illness enables individuals to isolate themselves – reducing the chances that they will infect others and allowing them to seek treatment earlier, likely reducing disease severity and the risk of long-term disability, or death.”

NIH Leadership Message, 9-04-2020

What type of test does Mirimus use?

Mirimus uses a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test to detect viral RNA in your saliva or nasal swab sample. The test is performed in a laboratory where the presence of viral RNA can be detected even before antibodies or symptoms of the disease are present. This means the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on in their illness.

During the PCR testing, enzymes are added to the samples to copy any viral RNA that may be present. This is so that enough copies of the RNA are present to signal a positive result. Only the SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA that causes COVID-19 can be copied so that it is the only virus detected by the testing.

Mirimus also uses surveillance pool testing to increase sample processing throughput and lower the cost of testing.

How do I self-collect my saliva sample?

Saliva Self-Collection Kit Instructions

Open collection kit sample bag and remove all contents.
Take sample collection tube and saliva straw out of sterile package.
Unscrew collection tube cap and insert ridged end of saliva straw into tube.
Pool saliva in mouth and push saliva into tube until at least half full (1 mL).
Remove and discard straw and securely cap collection tube.
Place collection tube in sample kit bag, seal, and return to collection site.

Download Self-Collection Kit Instructions

Kids Self-Collection Kit Video

Adult Self-Collection Kit Video

How do I get test results?

After samples have been collected and transported to the lab your sample will be processed with all the samples received from your school. When processing is finished, typically within 24 hours of receiving your samples at our lab, results will be made available to your school administration though the Mirimus results portal.

Your school administration will review results and take action and communicate to participants that have positive or inconclusive or invalid results. If your individual results are positive, your school will contact you by phone or email and direct you to your next steps of confirmatory testing and possible quarantine.

What do my results mean?

Negative (not detected) individual or pool test result
If your individual test result is negative (not detected) the presence of SARSCoV-2 was not detected in the sample that you provided at the time of collection.

If a pool test result is negative (not detected), 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 (presumptively negative).

Positive (detected) pool test result
If a pool test is positive (detected), a Reflex test will be performed where each sample will immediately be tested by PCR individually before final results are released. Results administrators must release PHI (Name, DOB, Address, Phone Number, Gender, Race) for the two samples within the “Detected” sub-pool for release to the New Jersey Department of Health.

Positive (detected) individual test result
Individual diagnostic results will be released to the individuals or parents/guardians of that individual, as well as the school and NJ Department of Health, provided that individuals have consented to testing and authorization to disclose protected health information regarding COVID-19 testing.

Do I need to provide consent to my school for testing?

Testing at your school requires permission to administer the test and collect and provide the information required by your state for COVID-19 testing. Consent is collected by your school from parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and students over 18 years old.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Administrators Only

School and District Enrollment Steps

  1. Review the Getting Started Checklist.
  2. Enroll your school or district and assign your primary, onsite coordinator and results administrator.
  3. Create or customize the Introduction to Testing Letter for your community to inform them of the testing program. We have attached a sample letter for your convenience.
  4. Send link to your testing population to enroll, consent and sign HIPAA release.
  5. View the self-collection explainer videos for children and adults.
  6. Schedule a kick-off call with the Mirimus field operations team.
  7. Order your test supplies from your Mirimus account and field operations team.
  8. Visit the Mirimus Support Website or email testingsupport@mirimus.com if you have support issues.
  9. Email newjersey@mirimus.com with any questions.

School and District Program Enrollment

Consent Form and HIPAA Release

Communication Documents

Sample Collection and Tranport Instructions

Testing and Results

If your school has appointed you as the test results administrator, you will be given access to Mirimus Consent Collection and Test Results. The platform will give you access to consent rosters, test participation numbers, pool test results, and individual results data. You will receive an email invitation to access when your school is enrolled and onboarded.

Consent Forms and Test Results
Getting Access to Completed Consent Forms and Test Results (PDF)

Is my school testing with Mirimus SalivaClear?

The following New Jersey Schools are testing with Mirimus. If you do not see your school on this list, please contact your school's COVID-19 testing coordinator to see if your school is testing with Mirimus.

West Central Region

Hunterdon County
Alexandria Township
Bethlehem Township School District
Bloomsbury School District
Clinton Glen Gardner
Clinton Township School District
Delaware Township School
Delaware Valley Regional High School
East Amwell Township
Flemington-Raritan Regional School District
Franklin Township School District
Frenchtown Elementary School
Hampton Public School
High Bridge School District
Holland Township School District
Hunterdon Central
Hunterdon County ESC
Immaculate Conception School
Kingwood Township School District
Lebanon Borough
Lebanon Township
Milford Public School
Readington Township Public Schools
Secret Garden Montessori School
South Hunterdon Regional School District
Tewksbury Township School District
Union Township School District

Mercer County
Cambridge School
Chapin School
Ewing Township Schools
Faith Christian Academy
Foundation Academy Charter School
French American School of Princeton
Hopewell Valley Regional
International Charter School of Trenton
Islamic School of Trenton
Princeton Charter School
Princeton Public Schools
Robbinsville Public Schools
Saint Ann School
Sprout U School of the Arts
Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
The Newgrange School
The Village Charter School
Trenton Public School
Trenton STEM-to-Civics Charter School
West Windsor - Plainsboro Regional School District

Somerset
Bernard's Township
Bernard's Township School District
Bound Brook School District
Branchburg Township
Bridgewater Raritan Regional School District
Central Jersey College Prep Charter School
Children's Corner BUMC
East Mountain School Carrier Clinic
Franklin Township Public School District
Hillsborough
Immaculata High School
Immaculate Conception School
Manville Public Schools
Montgomery
Montgomery Academy
Somerset County Educational Services Commission
Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools
Somerset Hills Learning Institute
Somerset Hills School District
Somerville Public Schools
South Bound Brook School District
St. Ann Classical Academy
St. Matthias School
The Albrook School
The Center School
Thomas Edison Energy
Smart Charter School
Waldorf School of Princeton
Warren Township Schools
Watchung Borough School District
Watchung Hills Regional High School District

East Central Region

Middlesex County
Academy for Urban Leadership, Perth Amboy
Bishop Ahr/St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Carteret Public Schools
Cranbury Township
Diocese of Metuchen
East Brunswick Public Schools
Educational Services Commission of New Jersey
Gateway School
Greater Brunswick Charter School
Hatikvah International Academy Charter School
Highland Park Public School
Immaculate Conception School
Jamesburg Public Schools
Lakeview School
Middlesex County STEM Charter School
Monroe Township School District
New Brunswick Public Schools
New Road School of Somerset
North Brunswick Township School District
Old Bridge Township Public Schools
Perth Amboy Catholic
Piscataway BOE
Saint Joseph High School
Saint Joseph School
Saint Stanislaus Kostka School
South Brunswick School District
South Plainfield
Spotswood
St. Bartholomew School
St. Helena School
St. James School
St. John Vianney School
St. Matthew School
St. Thomas the Apostle School
Woodbridge Township

Union County
Berkeley Heights Public Schools
Cranford Public Schools
Cresthaven Academy Charter School
Hillside Public Schools
Kenilworth Public Schools
Kent Place School
Linden Public School District
Morris-Union Jointure Commission
Mountainside School District
Plainfield Public Schools
Queen City Academy Charter School
Rahway Public Schools
Roselle Borough Public Schools
Roselle Catholic High School
Scotch Plains - Fanwood Public Schools
Springfield
St Michael School
St. Bartholomew Academy
Summit Public Schools
The Barack Obama Green Charter HS
Township of Union
Union County ESC
Union County Vocational-Technical Schools
Westfield Public Schools