Working collaboratively with Miami Dade County Mayor’s Office, SPARK-C is the University of Miami initiative to trace confirmed, presumptive, and exposed individuals to COVID-19 in Miami-Dade county. This project is led by Dr. Erin Kobetz and a multidisciplinary team of public health practitioners, researchers, and students. This project seeks to determine the seroprevalence of infection in a random sample of community members in Miami Dade County.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Qualifies for SPARK-C Testing
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Yes, this is a random sampling, so you can still come for screening if you are selected.
We are sorry but this opportunity was only for you those randomly selected to participate.
We are sorry, but unfortunately, we can only offer tests to those we call directly. This is part of a random sample screening. Your friend/person should call his/her doctor if he/she is concerned about symptoms. There are also other testing sites that you may qualify for, please see the link below:
Yes, you can still participate if selected.
Testing Site and General Questions
No, bring any form of photo ID/ way to verify identity.
You will receive an email reminder.
Data is confidential and not shared with anyone. If test results come back positive, information will go to the DOH
oThere are 10 sites throughout Miami Dade County where testing will take place.
- Gowns, masks, gloves, and goggles
- Testers are tested for COVID-19 before each shift
Test is only 10 minutes long, wait is up to 30 minutes max. Do not come early as will increase wait, please arrive at your scheduled time.
No, you do not need to arrive at the testing site by car, but it is preferred.
Each location is different. It is a drive-up for most of the locations. You will see a group of healthcare staff and first responders when you arrive. Most likely you will be waiting in your car until the field staff are ready to test you, and then you will step out of your car for testing.
Questions About Test
Antibody based pinprick test (tells of past and current exposure)
The FDA has approved it for emergency use.
New device! No exposure. Tests are disposable and a new one is used for each individual
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