FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an antigen test?

Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens such as nasal swabs.

Why is AUC conducting random surveillance COVID-19 testing at its Sint Maarten campus?

Random surveillance testing helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by identifying asymptomatic cases that could stop an outbreak. It also enables AUC to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in our Sint Maarten campus community.

What happens if my test is positive?

A member of our COVID-19 Mitigation Team will contact you by phone and/or email to share your results and discuss how to stay safe and limit your exposure. The most important thing is to self-isolate and reflect on any recent interactions that will help with contact tracing.

After receiving a positive test result, you will begin an immediate 14-day quarantine in accordance with Sint Maarten’s government protocols. Your AUC representative will discuss the details of your quarantine and will regularly check in to make sure you are safe and comfortable and have enough food. They will also notify the Sint Maarten Ministry of Health’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS), who may request more extensive contact tracing and possible PCR testing. Please note that your results will be kept private and confidential, consistent with the consent you provide us.

What happens if my test is negative?

You will receive an email on the day of testing informing you that your test was negative. You can continue to move around campus with the use of a facemask and proper social distancing. Expected, responsible university behaviors are outlined on the COVID-19 webpage.

Do I have to pay for the test?

No, this is a complimentary test. 

Do I have to take the test?

To help ensure the safety of our campus community, we are requiring participation in random antigen testing. Accommodations may be granted, however, due to a disability, religious belief, or other personal circumstance. Please contact Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@aucmed.edu to discuss your situation.

If you do not participate in testing, you will no longer be able to access campus, including for mandatory in-person learning activities. Students in on-campus housing will, however, be allowed to stay in their residence. Please discuss these restrictions and any potential impact to your education with Dr. Rinker.

The Will the swab hurt?

The swab required for the rapid antigen test is an anterior nasal swab. This is a self-swab. You will be required to insert a soft-tipped swab approximately 1 inch into each nostril and rotate it 5 times. This swab should not be painful and only be mildly unpleasant.

Can I use my test result to travel?

No, we are unable to provide you with the appropriate information for travel. You will need to go to an official testing clinic for such paperwork.

Can the result of my test be wrong?

As with any test, results are subject to false positives and false negatives. If the rapid antigen test is positive, a follow-up PCR test is recommended to confirm the result. The COVID-19 Mitigation Team will work with you to arrange this.

I recently had COVID-19. Do I need to participate in AUC’s random testing?

No, if you had COVID-19 in the last 90 days please email us at covidmitigation@aucmed.edu. We will remove you from the random selection until 90 days have passed from your positive test.

I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, can I request a test?

If you are experiencing any symptoms or have had recent close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, do not come to campus for random COVID-19 testing. Please stay in quarantine and call the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 914 or +1721-542-1570. Students should also contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs@aucmed.edu and faculty and staff should contact their manager. All campus community members are also asked to inform our Office of Safety and Security at security@aucmed.edu.