COVID-19 testing offered on-campus

SVSU hosted a COVID-19 testing event in the fieldhouse on Oct. 13.

Although some participants were chosen as part of SVSU’s random testing program, students and faculty were welcome to volunteer. Those were tested received a $5 Starbucks gift card.

J.J. Boehm, the interim executive director of University Communications, said 88 campus members got tested that day, with only one individual testing positive.

SVSU has reported 103 cases since Aug. 17, with 17 active cases as of Oct. 16.

Boehm said he was pleased with the level of participation in testing and encouraged students to remain vigilant.

“The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing statewide,” he said. “Many people can carry the virus without students, particularly college-aged individuals, so testing is an important element of preventing the spread of the virus. Most people would not knowingly infect another person, but they can if they are unaware they have the virus.”

He said he hoped the SVSU community could continue to keep everyone safe and learning.

“We hope we can limit the spread of the virus within the campus community and continue with in-person instruction until Thanksgiving break,” Boehm said. “Ongoing testing is important to reaching that goal because it can identify people who are at risk of infecting others.”

Randomly chosen or volunteer participants do not have to quarantine while waiting for their test results, Boehm said.

“If (students) participate in the voluntary testing, they only will need to quarantine if they test positive, and in that case, they will be doing the right thing for their health and for others,” he said.

Students, faculty or staff who test positive or are exposed to the virus must quarantine for 14 days.

“It is important to remain in quarantine for those 14 days,” Boehm said. “We recently saw two students who did not develop symptoms until 10 days after they had been exposed. Thankfully, they adhered to the quarantine guidelines and did not infect others.”

Boehm said quite a bit of work goes into testing days, but it was well worth it.

“Several people are involved in making arrangements with the lab that conducts the testing and the other necessary logistics, but it’s an important piece of our overall health and safety efforts,” he said.

Additional testing will be available Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 9-11 a.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 1-3 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9-11 a.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 1-3 p.m.

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