COVID-19 Testing, Screening & Vaccine Management for Large Populations
Color enables fast, accurate, COVID-19 testing, screening and vaccine management for large populations, including easy to use technology, test results from at-home and in-person models and full program logistics.Contact Us
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Trusted, End-to-End COVID-19 Programs for Any Situation
Build flexible community testing programs at scale with fast and accurate testing, vaccine management and public health reporting.
Deploy high frequency COVID-19 testing and population screening to mitigate outbreaks on campus.
Mitigate risk and minimize outbreaks with large-scale, flexible testing and distributed workforce screening.
Looking to get tested at one of our Community Test Sites in California?
Color’s diagnostics infrastructure is designed for large-scale, distributed COVID-19 testing and screening to identify outbreaks quickly. We operate a CLIA-certified, high-capacity lab, processing thousands of tests daily, averaging a 24-hour turnaround. Our technology is designed to integrate seamlessly across multiple testing models: rapid, at-home, lab-based molecular, and pooled. 1
Color’s testing, , screening and vaccine management infrastructure is flexible, with access to real-time population health data for fast response to changing environments. We support clinician-monitored and self-collected samples that can be done at home or onsite, reducing costs and increasing scalability.
Experience & Expertise
Color works with hundreds of companies and large public entities including the City of San Francisco, processing hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 tests since April with over 70% of results returned in less than 24 hours and over 90% in less than 48 hours.1 We provide organizations with an integrated program including program management, logistics, best practices and effective communication strategies.
Monitored & Self-Swab Testing
Color operates under FDA Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) to offer both clinician-monitored and self-swab samples that can be done at home or onsite. By eliminating the need for clinicians to collect samples, Color lowers the cost and increases scalability of frequent testing for large populations.
Our cost-effective, accessible test kits are ideal for supporting mass-scale testing at universities, public health test sites and workplaces.
Color’s software powers COVID-19 testing in California
Our collaboration with PerkinElmer and the State of California is powering up to 150,000 tests a day.
Color works with the scientific community to provide effective testing protocols. See our outbreak modeling tool, now updated to explore the combined impact of testing and vaccination strategies.
When the pandemic shifted UCSF’s employees’ and students’ ability to serve the community, UCSF turned to Color to provide greater access to tests. UCSF needed a partner to ramp up testing while still being reliable and accurate.
UCSF and Color worked together to ensure that students and employees who had traveled or experienced high-risk exposure could be tested.
UCSF now has testing programs across nine campuses and averages 1,800 tests a week. During critical times, UCSF administered 2-3k tests a week. Large-scale testing remains a key strategy for UCSF to monitor the virus.
“From the turnaround time of results to the ease of use, I don’t think anyone out there can do it as well as Color.”
— Anthony Melo, Blue Diamond Growers
Blue Diamond Growers, the largest almond processor in the world, needed to find a way for their processing plants to safely stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blue Diamond partnered with Color to stand up a large-scale, easy-to-use testing program that allowed them to stay open. Color’s fast turnaround time allowed Blue Diamond to test employees one day and get results the next day.
Blue Diamond continues to avoid any outbreaks because of Color’s quick, accurate tests and the ability to view any positive cases in the Color dashboard.
“The Color team made it feel as though the success of this program is a priority.”
Early in the pandemic, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services quickly stood up COVID-19 testing at more than 2,600 congregate care sites with a patchwork of local solutions. As the pandemic continued, EOHHS sought to standardize testing.
Color implemented an onsite testing program that offered more consistent turnaround times and integrated reporting for all congregate care settings.
Since partnering with Color, EOHHS sites have administered over 200,000 tests and average 1,800 tests per day. With Color’s dashboard, site staff can quickly track down any positive cases and take appropriate action.
Color was the first lab in the U.S. with FDA EUA approval for RT-LAMP technology, a COVID-19 testing method that is as accurate as RT-PCR, about 50% faster, and relies on less constrained supply chains. Our high-throughput, CLIA-certified lab is fully automated to drive down costs and make testing simple and accessible. Read more on our Lab and Assay.
Color’s COVID-19 Testing FAQs
Color uses nucleic acid amplification techniques (RT-LAMP and RT-PCR) to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA. Learn more about our testing and assay.
Color accepts both nasal and throat swabs. The vast majority of our testing uses anterior nares (AN) swabs, a non-invasive swab that collects specimens from the front part of both nostrils. Our unmonitored kits use dry AN swabs. Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs must be administered by a clinician.
Getting tested takes about 10–15 minutes. Results typically take 24-72 hours, and in practice our average turnaround is 24 hours1 , though the actual time may vary. Turnaround time is the usual number of hours from the time a specimen is accessioned at the laboratory to when the result is released to the participant and ordering provider.
Depending on the type of program you have, Color will provide a unique URL or program code that allows participants to enroll in testing. They’ll be asked for basic information such as phone number and email address, and required CDC health information.
There are two ways to let us know who you’d like to be eligible for testing:
Does your testing population share an email domain (e.g., @color.com)? We can make anyone with an email on that domain eligible.
Want to use personal emails? Once your account is configured (~2-3 days after purchase) you can log into Color to add individual emails or upload a file to determine your program eligibility.
Once participants are eligible, they’ll head to color.com/covid/activate to create a Color account and activate their test.
Color recently received an EUA from the FDA for self-swab sample collection. Each kit comes with detailed instructions on how to activate the kit, collect a sample, and repackage the kit. Our kits use AN swabs and are physician ordered. Processes for kit pick-up and dropoff will depend on the type of program you have.
First, participants confirm some basic information to check-in at the Color testing site. Then they proceed to sample collection where they provide consent for the test, and provide the sample via nasal swab. They’ll also receive a handout with a sample-specific barcode for results release.
When test results become available, participants receive a text message and/or email notification that links them to a HIPAA-compliant portal to view their results.
For university, employer, and public entity programs, we provide administrative teams with a program dashboard to effectively monitor participant health. The participant and ordering physician receive results directly through Color’s participant and provider portals. Participants provide consent for testing and HIPAA authorization for results sharing as part of our scheduling system before being tested.
Color has created a framework to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, which can be found in our Return to On-Site Screening Strategies white paper.
As a clinical testing provider, Color adheres to the strictest privacy and security controls. Color is HIPAA-compliant and has worked with institutions ranging from the NIH to Fortune 500 employers. You may view our COVID terms of service, Notice of Privacy Practices, COVID HIPAA authorization, and COVID informed consent to learn more.
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- Interested in the impact of proactive testing? Explore our model
- Looking to read more about Color? Browse our latest updates
- Need to schedule a COVID-19 appointment? Click here
- Questions about a COVID-19 test or results? View our Support FAQs
If you’re looking for assistance scheduling an appointment, viewing results, or another Support-related issue, please head to our Support FAQs. You can also reach the Color Support team at 844-352-6567 or email@example.com.
All Color molecular tests are Rx only and therefore are physician ordered.
All tests results are released to the ordering physician as part of the reporting workflow.
1. Color Genomics, Inc. Turnaround time by Collection Batch (July 2020). Burlingame, CA: Color Data Science.