Rapid COVID-19 testing available at University of Southern Miss

The University of Southern Miss has added another COVID-19 testing platform to its lineup as the fall semester gets underway.

The on-campus clinic, Moffitt Health Center in Hattiesburg, has recently obtained a highly sought-after rapid antigen testing device, known as SOFIA2 analyzer. This device returns specific results in approximately 15 minutes.

The rapid COVID-19 antigen test is a nasal swab.

The rapid test will only be used for symptomatic patients within the first week of their onset of symptoms.

The campus health center will also use the SARS antibody blood test which has a turnaround time of one to two days in order to diagnose past COVID-19 infection. Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Dee Dee Anderson said, “Thanks to the leadership of our Moffitt Health Center director and the staff here, we’ve been able to get another piece of equipment that will help us to rapidly test students.  And that’s incredibly important in the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. So we’ll be able to isolate students quickly and notify them if they are positive in that process.”

USM athletics also has their own SOFIA2 analyzer and will use it for routine surveillance testing of athletes who are not symptomatic.

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