Introduction and Consent
We are offering to screen people in Oakland for current or prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (the infection that causes COVID-19; also referred to as the new coronavirus, and hereafter referred to as COVID-19) to better understand the extent of COVID-19 transmission within the East Bay and to improve our understanding of how Bay Area public health measures affect transmission.
What will happen if you take part in this testing?
We will ask you some brief questions about your household, your work, and your experience with COVID-19.
Trained staff will collect a nose swab that will be tested for COVID-19 virus infection. The nose swab test will tell us whether you are currently infected with COVID-19.
A phlebotomist will also collect a tube of blood from you, which will be tested for antibodies to COVID-19. This test will tell us whether you previously had a COVID-19 infection.
We will collect these samples regardless of whether you have had any symptoms or not. On testing day, you can choose to take one or both of these tests.
If your swab or antibody test is positive:
You will be contacted within 4 days if your nasal swab test result is positive, indicating that you currently have COVID-19. As per standard Public Health Department procedures, we will again ask you about symptoms, and your household members and your contacts so that they can be offered testing. You will also be provided information on isolation during the time you might be able to spread the virus. We may also offer support with food or other items that may be helpful while you are self-isolating.
If your antibody test is positive, indicating that you had COVID-19 in the past, you will be notified within 1-2 weeks.
If your tests are negative:
Your nasal swab results will be posted for you to access on a secure online or phone call-in system. We will provide you with this information, and how to access it, when you test.
What side effects or risks can I expect from being tested?
Potential side effects and risks for being tested include:
- Nasal swabbing may potentially cause mild discomfort, and rarely may cause mild nose bleeding.
- Venous blood draw may potentially cause mild discomfort or bruising, and may cause mild bleeding from the puncture site.
- There is risk of exposure to COVID-19 when leaving one's home.
How will my specimens and information be used?
In samples where the virus is present, we may conduct studies to characterize the genetics of the novel SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) . This will help us document the different strains of SARS-CoV-2 circulating in the community. This assessment can also provide insights about the patterns of transmission from person to person and between communities. The genetic material from the virus will not be linked back to specific participants' name, date of birth, or other personal identifying information. If it is determined that a unique strain of the virus is found in the community, this data will be shared back to all participants, including the public health department and local providers, via the network of community based organizations partnered on this activity. Our expectation is that the partner organizations will facilitate the sharing of this information with the broader Oakland community to disseminate our shared understanding of the transmission of the virus in the community.
How will information about me be kept confidential?
Participation in testing involves some loss of privacy. We will do our best to make sure that information about you is kept confidential, but we cannot guarantee total privacy. Your personal information will be given to the University of California, San Francisco and testing lab in order to connect you with care if needed. Your test results will be provided to the Public Health Department, and if you test positive, they will call you so they can offer testing to any of your close contacts that may need it. This is not public charge and your information will not be used for immigration purposes. If information from this study is published or presented at scientific meetings, your name and other personal information will not be used.
Are there any costs to me for taking part in testing?
No. The sponsors have agreed to pay for all items associated with this testing; you or your insurer will not be billed.
Who is funding this testing?
This testing event is funded primarily by UCSF, with specific in-kind donations (e.g. software licenses and use of community space) and donations (e.g. testing event supplies) from community members and businesses. Participation in this program is voluntary. You have the right to decline or withdraw your participation at any time. We may contact you about additional, related studies based on your screening results from today.
Privacy Policies of Partner Organizations
Please review the following privacy policies of the health centers involved in this testing event:
Lifelong medical center
Agreement to assume risks of screening & waive liability if injured
Warning of Risks & Assumption of Risks
Participating in COVID-19 screening involves inherent health risks. There is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 when leaving one's home. There is a risk that nasal swabbing may cause discomfort or nose bleed. All medical procedures have some degree of inherent risk, including unknown risk. By consenting to participate, I acknowledge that I understand the risk of participating and I voluntarily accept all health risks.
Waiver, Release and Indemnification
I understand and acknowledge that no person or entity ensures my safety. I know that participating in this screening is a potentially hazardous activity and I hereby assume full and complete responsibility for any injury, illness or accident which may occur during my participation. I hereby release, waive, hold harmless and covenant not to file suit against the administrators, sponsors, organizers, volunteers, employees, agents or any affiliated individuals or entities associated with this screening from any and all losses, damages, liabilities or other claims and causes of action that may arise out of my participation.
For participants under the age of 18, a signature below indicates a legal guardian's consent to the waivers and releases above.