Wellness Center

February 12 - Campus Testing Update: All Testing Will Take Place on Thursdays

 

SUMMARY

–Beginning next week, all on-campus testing permanently moves to Thursdays.

–Students should arrive on Thursday during their usual time slots.

–Thus far this week, our campus positivity rate is below 1 percent.

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Dear Campus Community,

As our dashboard now indicates, Monday’s and Tuesday’s tests resulted in a less than one percent positivity rate. While a significant improvement from the previous week, today’s testing session is yet another precautionary measure–one that allows us to quickly address issues that may have resulted from any Super Bowl gatherings five nights ago.

As you are seeing today, our on-site testing program has become even more efficient with antigen testing and can now accommodate all students in one day. For this reason, we are changing our mandatory testing schedule for the remainder of the semester.

Beginning next week, all students will participate in testing every THURSDAY from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please plan to arrive at the testing center on Thursdays around your currently scheduled time. If that is not possible, you may come at a different time, but please try to avoid the most crowded period between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Should you have too many conflicts on Thursdays, you may arrange for your weekly antigen test on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and noon. The Wednesday timeslots are available by appointment only by contacting Laura Moliken, associate vice president for health & wellness and director of athletics, at lmoliken@ursinus.edu.

Any faculty or staff wishing to receive antigen testing should plan to participate in Wednesday morning’s testing session as well by making an appointment.

Though the first few weeks have presented some unique challenges, we remain far below the regional and statewide positivity rates. We continue to have confidence in our system and truly believe we can monitor our campus’s health in real time because of the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students. We are grateful to each of you for approaching this program in such a serious and dedicated manner.

Thank you! We will see you again in the field house next Thursday for our next round of testing.

Sincerely,

Mark Schneider
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
Virus Task Force chair