Saint Mary’s announces plans to begin screening testing
Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Saint Mary’s will begin screening testing Sept. 22, the College announced an update posted to the Live.Learn.Work. website.
“Screening testing allows an organization to discover positive cases, in particular among asymptomatic individuals,” the website said.
The current plan will test 60 students a week, approximately 5% of the student population, through early November. According to the website, all undergraduate and graduate students who attend in-person classes are eligible for testing, and faculty and staff will not be tested at this time.
Students that will be removed from the random selection pool include “anyone who tested positive within 12 weeks of the current week, students who are currently in quarantine/isolation and students who withdraw effective immediately, during the semester.”
The testing will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Health and Counseling Center. Students will be informed of their selection on Friday by email and text message. They will then be required to make an appointment via SignUpGenius. Students who do not attend their appointments will be subject to a disciplinary process.
These rapid antigen tests will be free of charge to students.