Sensitive PCR test, free of charge for all students and staff.
Get tested regularly, even if you are vaccinated or have recovered!
1 August-30 September 2022
Dear staff and students,
Our Campus Covid Screen (CCS) is going to take a short break due to the summer holidays. The plan is that the service will return – new and improved – from the beginning of October. More detailed information will follow on this page in due course.
Until then, we would like to wish you all a healthy and enjoyable summer!
All the best from the CCS team
CCS results of the last week (25.07.2022 - 31.07.2022)
CCS results total (16.11.2020 - 31.07.2022)
- Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Mensa Italia [location map]
- North Campus, lecture hall building of the Faculty of Geoscience and Geography (Goldschmidtstraße 3-5) [location map].
Please note: Campus Covid Screen (CCS) must not be used by anyone who thinks that they may be carrying the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) due to a positive rapid test, self-test or symptoms of Covid-19. If you have an infection (or suspect you have an infection), you are obliged to self-isolate and quarantine immediately. You will need to get a PCR test at an approved test centre or via your doctor. See further information (in German): https://www.goettingen.de/leben/gesundheit/gesundheitsamt/aktuelle-infos/informationen-zur-absonderung-quarantaene-aufgrund-eines-positiven-schnell-oder-selbsttests.htmlIf you tested positive at CCS, please go straight into self-isolation. You may not make another CCS test appointment for at least 10 days.
RegistrationTo participate, prior registration with a specific appointment is essential. You will receive a confirmation of this by e-mail, without which on-site testing is not possible.
More Information and Registration
Who can get tested?
All staff and students at the University of Göttingen.
Medical students are referred to the services offered by the UMG.
Even those who have been vaccinated or have recovered can catch an infection and pass on the virus, even if they have no symptoms. We all want to return to normal classroom and campus life, but we can only do this safely and responsibly if we spot potential outbreaks early and prevent the uncontrolled spread of the virus. So it's not so much about protecting ourselves as individuals, but about controlling the incidence of infection on our Campus.
We recommend that at least 20% of the participants at all face-to-face events are tested once a week (this does not have to be the same participants every time).
This is a sensitive PCR test developed jointly by Dr Fritz Benseler (MPI for Experimental Medicine) and Dr Guido Kriete and Dr Wilfried Kramer (Faculty of Biology) and carried out in the Medical Microbiology laboratories at UMG. It is at least as safe and sensitive as the tests of the clinical diagnostic laboratories. However, due to its in-house development, it has been possible to significantly reduce the costs.
How the test works and the differences between this test and the rapid test are explained in this video by Professor Reinhard Jahn, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and former President of the University of Göttingen:
The test is voluntary and is recognised at all University events following 3G rules (whereby attendees have to show proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative test). However, the results do not fulfil the requirements of an official medical certificate in the sense of for instance the entry/exit regulations in accordance with infection control law or SARS CoV 2-related regulations.
You will be asked to give a saliva sample as part of the testing. This will be used to determine whether there are components of the virus in your saliva that indicate infection with SARS-CoV-2 or illness with COVID-19.
You will give your sample at the test station that you selected when booking online. Samples will be analysed by the CCS laboratory in Medical Microbiology at the UMG over the next 12-24 hours.
As a participant, you will receive a sterile-packed swab at the test station, which you will first use to take a saliva sample yourself according to the protocol provided. You then hand the swab over to a person ready to receive it from behind a plexiglass wall and wearing appropriate personal protection equipment.
Your result, whether negative or positive, will usually be sent to you automatically via email 12-24 hours after you gave your sample.”
► If nothing of concern was found in your sample, you will automatically be notified of your negative result by email.
► If your sample was positive, you will be informed by email; at the same time, you will receive information about the current Niedersächsischen Absonderungsverordnung (Lower Saxony’s regulations about quarantine and self-isolation) so that you know what to do next. The test used by the CCS project is a highly sensitive PCR test which is not available on the market and therefore cannot be used for official purposes. For this reason, it is recommended you follow the guidance that applies to "Verdachtspersonen" (people suspected of carrying an infection) as per § 1 Nr. 4 in the Niedersächsischen Absonderungsverordnung. In this context, Verdachtspersonen are required to go into quarantine immediately as well as to take a certified PCR test and then, if the result is positive, to contact the appropriate Gesundheitsamt (health authority).
For details, please refer to information on Lower Saxony’s portal (in German):
Hinweise zur Quarantäne, or the PDF Niedersächsischen Absonderungsverordnung
In rare cases, you may receive the following message: "Materialbeschaffenheit, bzw Menge sind zur Durchführung der Testung nicht geeignet." This means that your sample was not suitable for testing. This is not the same as receiving a positive result. If you receive this message, you are advised to submit a new sample to CCS as soon as possible. Please note: do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes before giving your sample.