University to launch surveillance testing Friday
Observer Staff Report | Thursday, August 20, 2020
Surveillance testing on the Notre Dame student body will begin Friday, an email from the University COVID-19 Response Unit said Thursday.
“Surveillance testing involves testing a random selection of people from across campus to identify asymptomatic and presymptomatic individuals and help avert potential outbreaks before they occur,” the email said.
If a student is randomly selected to be tested, they will receive a text message the day prior to their appointment informing them of the date and time they should report to the University Testing Center (UTC). Once at the UTC, students will be directed to a line specifically marked for surveillance. Afterward, students are to return to their housing unit and await test results.
Students who test positive are required to contact the COVID-19 Response Unit.
Faculty and staff will be included in surveillance testing after the program is launched.