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At Atrium Health, we’re committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients as we continue to move forward in the fight against COVID-19.

Atrium Health is working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other large health systems on a community study to learn more about COVID-19 and how it’s spreading in our region and around the world. This research study will help us gain scientific knowledge that may help people in the future.

We recruited volunteers who wanted to learn about – and join – our COVID-19 Community Research Partnership. Thanks to our community’s help, we are able to study the ways people have been exposed to the virus and possibly infected and where infection patterns of COVID-19 are advancing.

We are no longer enrolling participants but thank you for your interest in the study. Current participants will continue the study through October 2021. Further information on our study enrollment and results can be found on the National Study Site. If you have questions about the study, you can reach our staff at the study call center at 704-468-8884 or email

Our goal is to collect information about the community’s COVID-19 exposures, symptoms, and healthcare visits due to the virus. Your participation helps us achieve this goal. If you’re a healthcare worker, we’ll collect information on your use of personal protective equipment.

If you choose to take part in this study, you’ll receive an email with a link to complete an online registration form. This form can be completed on your smartphone, tablet or computer. After signing up, you’ll need to fill out an online informed consent form. If a child you are enrolling is 13 years of age or older, he/she will need to also sign an electronic assent to agree to be in the study.

If you read the informed consent and decide that you don’t want to be in the study, that’s OK. If your child reads the assent and does not want to be in the study, that’s OK, too.

After filling out the online informed consent, you will be asked to complete a brief survey for yourself or, if you are enrolling a child, for the child. In the beginning, you’ll receive the survey every day. The survey includes a few quick questions about how you feel that day. If you happen to miss a survey, don’t worry. You will get another one the next day.

Over time, you may receive the surveys less often. The study will continue as long as there are concerns about the pandemic in our region. You can stop receiving the surveys at any time.

Yes. Even if you were never exposed to COVID-19 nor showed symptoms, you can still join the study. You are also welcome to join the study if you’ve been vaccinated. Any information you provide will help us answer key questions about the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

A random group of participants will be selected to receive an at-home test kit for antibodies. Antibodies are blood proteins your body makes if you have been exposed to a virus or bacteria.

This part of the study is completely optional. You can choose to take part in the at-home testing for yourself or for your child. If you choose to participate, you’ll only need to do a test once a month and no more than 6 times in the study year.

The at-home test does not diagnose (tell you if you have) COVID-19. Testing is for research only.

Yes. Any information shared for the purpose of this study will have your name and date of birth removed. Your SSN is not used or even accessed for this study.