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Random COVID Testing To Continue Spring Semester

Wright State Physicians | Photo by Daniel Delgado | Edited by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State Physicians | Photo by Daniel Delgado | Edited by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Ready to roll out the coronavirus testing procedures piloted this past fall, Wright State University (WSU) has begun random coronavirus testing on students residing on campus this semester.  

Pilot program 

The pilot program for random coronavirus testing was announced in late Oct. 2020 by WSU’s Office of the Provost.  

“Wright State’s new pilot program for asymptomatic individuals will seek to increase the number of personnel tested to approximately 100 people a week,” said the university. 

The announcement also included information on when testing would be offered for those selected to test, and a reminder to continue reporting positive cases. The success of the pilot program led to the adaptation of the university-wide random testing that began Jan. 11.  

Spring semester testing 

WSU still plans to test 100 students per week that have been deemed as at high-risk for coronavirus exposure at random.  

“This included student athletes, nursing students, med school students, students working in research labs, and others who had higher contact due to their roles and activities,” said Director of Community Standards and Student Conduct Chris Taylor.  

In addition, students are continuing to be contacted in the same format that the pilot program used in the fall. 

“Students who participated in the fall pilot program were communicated with by email,” said Director of Communications Seth Bauguess. “I expect that will be the case into the spring term as the program continues.” 

The email will make the student aware that they have been selected to be tested at random and request that they make an appointment with Wright State Physicians; however, choosing to test remains voluntary at this time.  

Students were also given the option to request an at-home test before returning to campus for the beginning of the semester. Lake campus students and staff needing to be tested for the coronavirus should schedule a tele-health appointment with Student Health Services. 

Kaitlyn Chrosniak

News Reporter

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