Clarifi COVID-19 Test FAQ

  • Information from Quadrant Biosciences regarding the Clarifi COVID-19 test is below. Also, families can read the Superintendent's Oct. 27 Message to families.

    What do students/staff need to bring with them the day of testing?
    ● Anyone being tested must have created a profile in the registration app.
    ● Those being tested should be instructed NOT to eat or drink anything (with the exception of water), including chewing gum, mints or lozenges, tobacco or
    smokeless tobacco products, within 30 minutes of reporting to the collection site.
    ● Mouthwash and toothpaste should NOT be used within an hour of testing.

    What is the swab made of?
    ● The extended handle of the sponge collector is made of polypropylene homopolymer and the MITT (foam tip) is made of polyurethane foam.

    What is the liquid solution in the collection device?
    ● The liquid solution is for the stabilization of RNA. The solution contains sodium dodecyl sulphate, glycine, N, N’- trans-1, 2-cyclohexanediylbis[N-(carboxymethyl)-, hydrate, and lithium chloride.

    Is the solution hazardous?
    ● This material is not considered hazardous by OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). There are no additional ingredients present which, within the current knowledge of the supplier and in the concentrations applicable, are classified as hazardous to health or the environment and hence require reporting.

    What is the cost to students/employees?
    ● When you register, answer NO to the questions regarding insurance. There is no cost to students or employees for either the pooled testing or individual reflex tests. There is no cost to schools for these tests. Some insurance carriers may attempt to bill copays or deductibles, this is in violation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Attachment-PLAW-116bubl127) Section 6001 and the CARES Act Section 3202 (Attachment PLAW-116bubl136).

    What about insurance?
    Again, answer NO to the insurance questions when registering for the weekly testing. Insurance does not cover pooled testing, so Ontario County is covering the costs of pooled testing through government funded grants. Ontario County will pay for the testing through their $3 million dollar grant.

    What if the student does not have insurance?
    ● Answer NO in the registration application fields.

    How will I know when test results are ready?
    ● Once your child's saliva test has been processed, you will receive an email notification from Quadrant that results are ready to review in your account at

    My result says, "Presumed Negative." What does that mean?
    ● A "presumed negative" result is the terminology used to describe a negative outcome from a pooled test.
    ● A "reflex negative" result is the terminology used to describe a negative result from a test on a single sample (the sample was originally processed in a pool that was presumed positive).

    My result says, "Reflex Positive." What does that mean?
    ● A “reflex positive” result is the terminology used to describe a positive result from a test on a single sample (the sample was originally processed in a pool that was presumed positive) and now has been identified as a positive result.

    What is a reflex test?
    ● This is a Clinical Laboratory term that describes an automatic (reflex) follow up based on the result of another test. In the case of our pooled testing program, if there is a positive pool they automatically or reflex all samples to an individual test.

    Do we need to collect another sample for the reflex test?

    ● No, there is enough liquid left in the collection device after pooling to process those samples on an individual basis.

    When will Midlakes begin this phase of its testing program?
    ● The District anticipate being able to start weekly testing of registered students during the week of November 8. Ontario County has provided us with a Registered Nurse, Tracey Santillo, who will conduct the testing. 

    Why consider this test for my child(ren)?
    ● The goal is to limit the need for quarantines and keep our staff and students in school. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our highest priority. Testing also limitd the need for quarantines and helps keeps our students and staff in school.