COVID-19 Testing and Screening for Offices and Workplaces
The concerns over coronavirus have many employers and employees feeling uncomfortable with returning to the office, factory, store, or workplace. In fact, fears of COVID-19 infection and outbreak have forced many employees to quit their jobs and employers to shutter their businesses. Many economists believe fears over COVID-19 may actually put entire industries at risk of permanent and irreparable collapse.
There are businesses and business leaders who will rise above this current pandemic, and they will all have exceptional COVID-19 testing, screening, and security measures in place. Businesses across the country are partnering with GENETWORx to implement the world’s most accurate coronavirus testing and most comprehensive screening to ensure employees are comfortable returning to work, clients are comfortable resuming business, and customers are comfortable visiting the business.
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"It's safe to say that sitting here today, America is largely out of business, as many industries have idled capacity, working from home."
Brian Cornell, CEO of Target
GENETWORx: Leading Technology for COVID-19 Testing and Screening
GENETWORx is using the most advanced technology to improve the quality of COVID-19 testing and processing. Improving the quality of tests and accuracy of processing yields more actionable results and helps guide businesses with appropriate safety protocols and testing sequences.
GENETWORx Diagnostic Test for COVID-19
GENETWORx is the manufacturer of the world’s most accurate COVID-19 diagnostic test. We have the capacity on-hand to produce 850,000 tests per day and process more than 1 million tests per day. Every business partnering with GENETWORx will be guaranteed the quantity of tests they need and tests will be reliably processed with results delivered two-to-three days after the patient sample is collected.
GENETWORx Total Antibody Tests for COVID-19
The GENETWORx COVID-19 Total Antibody (IgM & IgG) assay is a blood test that is performed to determine if someone has been exposed/infected with the COVID-19 virus. The assay is 99.8% specific and 100% sensitive when performed at least 14 days after infection from COVID-19. If the person does not have symptoms but suspects they may have been infected, the antibody test can be performed at any time.
The antibody test checks to see whether a person’s immune system, the body’s defense against illness, has responded to the infection. It is not for diagnosing an active COVID-19 infection.
Total antibody tests detect both IgG and IgM in the blood to provide a clearer disease-state picture. These assays are more sensitive than the use of IgG or IgM alone for early detection of an immune response.
GENETWORx Processing for COVID-19
GENETWORx is performing COVID-19 testing using the same primer and probe sequences developed by the CDC in their Emergency Use Authorization to perform nucleic acid amplification and detection of COVID-19. At 99% specificity, our diagnostic tests are the most accurate in the world and are developed on-site at GENETWORx.
The primary processing workflow is performed by the below machines:
- Intelliqube instrument from LGC Douglas Scientific
- The Intelliqube is a combination liquid handler and real-time PCR instrument that can process up to 786 samples at a time
- CFX384 instrument from Bio-Rad
- The CFX384 is a rapid and sensitive real-time PCR instrument that can process 384 samples at a time
- Luminex Corporation’s ARIES SARS-CoV-2 Assay
- processes low-volume, rush accounts
GENETWORx is More Than Just Testing
Testing alone does not create the peace of mind necessary to return to “business as usual.” Identifying carriers of COVID-19 is merely one step in creating a healthy and safe working environment. It’s what your business does after identifying cases of COVID-19 that truly matters.
GENETWORx is the manufacturer of the world’s most accurate COVID-19 test kits and the developer of the nation’s most comprehensive screening and security solution specifically designed for businesses, offices, factories, storefronts, buildings, and other workplaces.
Integrating with existing security systems, GENETWORx’s Sequential Testing for Population Management program ensures people entering your building recently and verifiably tested negative for COVID-19. This program arranges testing schedules, follows HIPAA guidelines for reporting, and organizes appropriate safety protocols in the event a COVID-19 carrier is identified on-site.
GENETWORx takes the guesswork out of local, state, and federal testing guidelines, security and safety protocols, and testing schedules. GENETWORx is a one-stop solution for total COVID-19 compliance.
Aura: The COVID-19 Reporting and Security Software
Aura, the proprietary COVID-19 reporting and security software from GENETWORx, tracks sequential testing results and provides dashboards, accurate reporting, and important health data reflecting the COVID-19 status of your business.
Aura can easily integrate with your business’ security system, enabling you to screen for untested and coronavirus-positive persons at entry points to your workplace. Using standard QR-readers, Aura can cross reference individuals entering the workplace with their most recent COVID-19 test results, creating a discrete and effective way to suppress the presence of the contagion.
Aura is HIPAA compliant and can be customized to meet the needs of your specific business. GENETWORx can conduct independent assessments of your workplace and provide tailored security solutions to greatly mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.
To learn more about Aura, click here.
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Giving Your Business The Competitive Edge
Business owners know that there are fewer competing businesses and more unemployed premium talent on the market right now than ever before. If you’re looking to and grow your market share, you need to have a building that ensures uncompromised and unparalleled COVID-19 testing and security compliance.
Partnering with GENETWORx will give your business the competitive edge to transform this time of economic uncertainty into an opportunity to provide jobs and stimulate the marketplace when our country needs it most. GENETWORx will help custom-tailor a testing, screening, and security program for your business and workplace, creating the safest possible environment for your employees, staff, business partners and clients.
When you are GENETWORx Certified, your business will openly demonstrate its commitment to and dedication to keeping healthy. GENETWORx businesses will have an easier time recruiting top-tier talent, hosting meetings with major client accounts and business partners, and welcoming back customers.
GENETWORx is devoted to reactivating the American economy and will work with businesses throughout the country to implement the most sophisticated and comprehensive safety and security protocols. We are your greatest ally through this pandemic period.
Our dedicated staff is working around the clock to provide COVID-19 test results within 2 to 3 business day for:
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Enroll for the GENETWORx ‘Test Everyone USA’ Program
Businesses need to test 100% of their employees for COVID-19 in order to:
- Re-open business
- Restore a productive workforce and welcome employees back to work
- Meet customer demand for goods/services and generate revenue
- Ensure customer and employee confidence by creating a safe and healthy environment
- Provide the data to local, state and federal government, as well as medical experts to aid in research
- Stimulate the local and national economy
- Stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus
The ‘Test Everyone USA’ program, offered exclusively by GENETWORx, provides employers and organizations ongoing testing. Through this program, every employee will be tested for COVID-19 every 10 days, and receive test results within 2 to 3 business day. With this knowledge, everyone can have peace of mind and take the necessary actions based on their test results. Employers can focus on running their business with a productive, confident workforce and serve their customers and communities with the ‘COVID-19 Free, GENETWORx Certified’ seal.
COVID-19 Testing in The Workplace FAQs
Will factories need to sanitize all shared equipment to avoid the spread of COVID-19?
There is very little data which can quantify the transmissibility of COVID-19 through inorganic surfaces. This is why most businesses are operating with an abundance of caution throughout the pandemic. Routine sanitization of shared inorganic surfaces as well as frequent washing of hands have been proven to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 transmission. However, even these risk-mitigating actions are not enough to stop the coronavirus. Companies partnering with GENETWORx are implementing testing and screening procedures to help quickly identify and immediately suppress cases of COVID-19. GENETWORx is helping to catch cases of asymptomatic infection which are currently considered the greatest risk to workplaces. GENETWORx is also helping businesses establish protocols in response to positive cases of COVID-19 to tamp down the rate of contamination.
I work outside. Should I be worried about catching coronavirus?
The CDC suggests that UV rays from sunlight and summer’s higher air temperatures are leading contributors to lowering the transmissibility of COVID-19. However, sunlight is not capable of killing the virus nor will it prohibit transmission of the virus from person-to-person. GENETWORx is partnering with businesses and workplaces of all kinds to build custom testing and screening solutions which will mitigate the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Even businesses which operate exclusively outdoors, such as landscaping, construction, and farming, benefit greatly from structured COVID-19 testing and reporting. GENETWORx is helping every worker and every industry get back to work.
Isn’t it safer to just keep businesses closed until a COVID-19 vaccine is available?
Vaccines are considered the best weapon against deadly viruses, but vaccines are also not perfect. Similar to the flu, the CDC estimates that COVID-19 will mutate and evolve over time, creating a variety of strains. Therefore, the COVID-19 vaccine will display varying degrees of effectiveness based on how well the annual vaccine applies to each strain. Additionally, not every person in the country will get the vaccine which means coronavirus will likely see considerable rates of infection every year. Because there will likely never be a way to totally eradicate COVID-19, businesses need to safeguard against outbreaks which put staff at risk of prolonged illness. GENETWORx offers a testing and screening program which helps businesses keep employees safe and healthy. By sequentially testing every person inside a business, instances of COVID-19 will be identified quickly, allowing business owners to act immediately to suppress the spread and avoid disruptions to the business.
Can my business afford to do COVID-19 testing?
The real question is: can your business afford to not have strong COVID-19 testing and screening practices in place? Coronavirus is the number one cited reason for employees quitting their jobs since the pandemic began in the US. Conversely, strong coronavirus testing and screening programs have been found to help business owners recruit top-tier talent. Business owners partnering with GENETWORx are committing to the long-term health and well being of their employees, clients, and customers which is helping them rebound from the economic downturn, improve morale, and grow sales. GENETWORx Certified businesses are creating safer and healthier working conditions and rebuilding our economy.
COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing FAQs
Who can order GENETWORx COVID-19 tests?
Physicians, hospitals, and any other United States healthcare provider can order GENETWORx’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test. Our tests are available for any patients who meet current guidance for evaluation of COVID-19 infection. Our tests feature 99% specificity and sensitivity to detect the presence of SAR-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.
How can I order GENEWORx COVID-19 tests right now?
Call 610-726-1205 and a GENETWORx representative will set you up in GENETWORx’s portal and send the kits to your facility. Within 72 hours, your facility will be set up in our portal and your test kits will arrive.
How does the process work? Who collects the specimens?
After a physician contacts GENETWORx, we will send your testing kits to your facility. These kits will include a swab and the universal transport media in a vial to ensure RNA and DNA survival. Once the swab is taken by a healthcare provider, the vial and test order with the physician’s signature are placed in an individual bag, which are then placed into a larger bag. This is sent via FEDEX to our laboratory, where it will be tested, and results will be sent through the GENETWORx portal within 2 to 3 business days.
What types of specimens are needed for the testing?
GENETWORX’s COVID-19 testing requires a nasopharyngeal swab collection. Specimen should be collected using a synthetic nasopharyngeal swab and placed in a viral transport medium to be accepted for testing. Only one sample type per patient will be accepted. Appropriately sized swabs with synthetic tips can be used with the exception of calcium alginate tips, swabs with preservatives, and swabs with wood shafts. Viral transport media that is acceptable for the collection of influenza specimens can be used to transport swabs for COVID-19 testing.
How will an ordering physician be notified of results? And when?
Once GENETWORX’s receives the provided sample, it will be tested and the result – whether it’s positive or negative – will be sent confidentially via our portal within 2-3 business days. You will receive instructions on how to set up the portal upon initial receipt of the COVID-19 test. Patients can also access their results directly from GENETWORx via phone, text or the patient portal.
How can I avoid a testing rejection?
In order to get quick, accurate results to patients, the following samples cannot be accepted for testing:
- Any swabs with calcium alginate, cotton tips, or wooden shafts
- Samples that have been refrigerated for more than 72 hours
- Samples that have been kept at room temperature for more than 24 hours
- Samples that are improperly labeled
- Samples that are contaminated
- Broken or leaking transport devices
How accurate are GENETWORx’s tests?
Genetworx is uniquely qualified to perform COVID-19 testing and deliver incredibly accurate, timely results because we regularly perform complex molecular diagnostic testing, outside of the pandemic. Not all companies have the technology and infrastructure to deliver an accurate result in a timely manner. We have special instrumentation and expertise to run a large volume of COVID-19 tests and produce results in one to two business days with over 99% specificity and sensitivity. This capability is not found in most tests or in most laboratories. Some tests without this level of sensitivity will not detect the presence of the virus.
Will GENETWORx report COVID-19 results to local and state public health entities?
Depending on your state, GENETWORx is required by law to report positive and/or negative results to the state and public health departments.
What is GENETWORx’s testing capacity?
GENETWORx’s is currently performing thousands of COVID-19 tests every day. We have been working closely with local and state officials to continue providing our services during this pandemic. Every day, GENETWORx is adding machinery automation and efficiencies to continually increase our testing capacity to meet the demand during this pandemic.
GENETWORX’s is currently working on antibody testing and aims to have this launched for providers by the end of May.
I’m an employer and want to order GENETWORx tests for my company. Do we have to have a physician on staff?
No, a physician does not have to be on staff. Rather, your company needs to partner with a physician. This way, the physician can order the tests, conduct them when they arrive, and work through GENETWORX’s portal to receive results. If your company does not have a partnership with a physician, we can help you set one up, so you are able to receive GENETWORx’s COVID-19 tests.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing FAQs
How is a specimen collected for an antibody test?
A venipuncture is performed to collect blood from the patient. Serum or plasma will be tested to determine if the patient has antibodies against COVID-19. Blood draws need to be performed by health care providers or at labs.
Who can order GENETWORx Antibody tests?
Anyone can have a COVID-19 Antibody test; however, the test is a blood test that must be performed by a physician. GENETWORx proudly supplies tests for healthcare providers, state and local governments, colleges and universities, assisted and long-term care facilities, food services, professional and collegiate sports, transportation services, utilities, law firms, and employers.
How will I be notified of results? And when?
Results will be available in GENETWORx’s online portal or by phone (610-726-1205) within 24-48 hours after the sample has been received. If you provided your mobile number, you’ll receive a text from GENETWORx with a link to our secure portal.
How accurate are GENETWORx’s Antibody tests?
GENETWORx COVID-19 Total Antibody (IgM & IgG) test is 99.8% specific and 100% sensitive when performed at least 14 days after COVID-19 infection.
How can I order GENETWORx’s COVID-19 Antibody tests right now?
Contact GENETWORx by calling 610-726-1205 to order your Total Antibody test. You’ll have a testing kit within 72 hours.
Can I still get an antibody test if I don’t have symptoms?
Yes. If you believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or have tested positive but do not have symptoms, you can still get a GENETWORx Antibody test.
Who can get the antibody test?
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, been at risk for exposure, have had symptoms or not, you are eligible for COVID-19 antibody testing.
Can children get the antibody test?
There is no age minimum for antibody testing.
Why should I get an antibody test?
Although having the antibodies does not guarantee immunity, early research indicates there is at least some protection from previous COVID-19 exposure.
Because antibodies play such an important role in the battle against COVID-19, health care professionals need to know who has been exposed to COVID-19 and if they’ve developed an immune response. As we learn more and more about COVID-19, these results, combined with other important data, could help figure out individuals who are more (or less) susceptible to more COVID-19 infections.
What does it mean if I have antibodies?
If you test positive for COVID-19 antibodies, it likely means that you have been exposed to COVID-19. Antibodies are often the immune system’s way to fight off infections. However, antibodies don’t guarantee immunity against certain viruses. Unfortunately, we don’t know if people who have COVID-19 antibodies are protected in the future. Research is still ongoing.
Do I need to social distance if I have antibodies?
Yes, you will want to social distance if you have COVID-19 antibodies. Just because you have antibodies doesn’t mean you’re immune from COVID-19 infection. Plus, you can transport the virus, increasing the risk of infection to other people.
Do I have to get sick from COVID-19 to get antibodies?
No, you don’t have to get sick in order to get antibodies. Research shows that a large amount of people have the antibodies to COVID-19 without ever actually getting sick. That’s why some people test positive for COVID-19 without ever having any symptoms.
If I have the presence of antibodies, does that mean I can’t get re-infected by COVID-19?
Simply having the presence of antibodies doesn’t mean you are immune against future COVID-19 infections. Antibody testing provides a yes or no when it comes to creation of antibodies to a specific virus.
Any health concerns to getting the antibody test?
Currently, there are no known medical risks associated with taking the COVID-10 Antibody test, beyond that of a typical blood draw.
For more information on our testing capabilities or instructions of gathering samples,
or by calling 610-726-1205.