Educational institutions, childcare, eldercare, and businesses benefit from reliable data on SARS-CoV-2 virus prevalence in their workforce, students and residents. Geosyntec provides surveillance data to our clients to understand if small groups such as sports teams, classes, residents, and work teams harbor SARS-CoV-2 and are at risk of further infection.
Group surveillance informs operational decisions on outbreak risk mitigation while balancing business continuity. Our approach employs pooled saliva samples from populations of people who interact with each other in the course of their day. Surveillance monitoring involves the collection of anonymous individual samples of saliva that are pooled and analyzed to provide an indication of the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2 in the pooled population. A negative result clears the entire population as SARS-CoV-2 free at the time of sampling and allows continuation of normal operations. A positive result indicates that some within that pooled population are shedding the virus and also indicates that the others in that pool are at risk. The facility’s COVID-19 response plan will guide appropriate actions in the event of a positive result.
How We Can Help
- Planning to help you use pooled saliva surveillance for the best benefit of your operation.
- Next day results minimize down time and quickly trigger next steps for populations with positive detections.
- Simple collection protocol that small children and seniors can do themselves without frightening and invasive nasal swabs.
- Highly sensitive and reliable results provide confidence in decision making.
- Geosyntec employs the most sensitive method, reverse transcriptase-quantitative polymerase chain reaction(RT-qPCR) analysis for definitively detecting SARS-CoV-2 in pooled saliva samples.
- Positive and negative controls ensure each analysis is accurate and will yield a positive result if the viral RNA is present.
Duane Graves, Ph.D.
Duane Graves is a microbiologist and subject matter expert with more than 30 years of experience solving challenging problems in biotechnology, biological contamination, forensics, remediation, and environmental microbiology and chemistry. A recognized expert in developing and deploying practical innovations for pathogenic and biological agents, he implemented the first commercial application of real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for the onsite detection of Anthrax for the US Postal Service. He has worked with hotel management firms, public buildings, the US Air Force, NASA, insurers, a nuclear power plant, various industries, and attorneys to address microbe-related issues and support litigation.
Sam Williams, P.G., CHG, CEM
Sam Williams is an expert scientist with more than 30 years of experience focused on environmental programs, strategic consulting services, litigation support, remedial strategies, investigations, and design, regulatory compliance, risk management, and cleanup of contaminated sites.