UE offering rapid-result COVID-19 testing to students returning home

UE offering rapid-result COVID-19 testing to students returning home

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The University of Evansville will begin offering free, rapid-result testing to students who are planning to return home for Thanksgiving Break.

Schools officials say they were notified by the Indiana State Department of Health that rapid-result testing kits will be made available at no charge to universities across the state.

UE says they plan to start offering these tests on Monday, November 23.

The hope is that students can get tested and have their results in hand before they ever leave campus.

Not everyone 14 News spoke with took advantage of the testing program, but they all say their holiday traditions had been disrupted.

Some students will be staying on campus to avoid spreading or contracting the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, those who travel will be limiting the number of guests they have for dinner.

One student said her Thanksgiving celebration would be limited to her immediate family; a change she says will be difficult, but necessary.

”It is sad just because I feel like as college students a lot of the time the most often we get to see our family members is over the holidays. So, having that change is a little frustrating, but if it keeps people safe then it’s worth it in the end,” shared Skylar Walden.

Most students here felt the same.

If they had to celebrate with a smaller get-together, they were willing to do it if it meant their loved ones were safe.

Most felt that rapid testing was just another strong measure to keep their holidays happy.

Students can register online for an appointment here.

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According to officials, unlike a deep nasal swab, the BinaxNOW rapid-result testing only swabs the inside tip of the nostril.

The results of the antigen test are available approximately 15-30 minutes after the test is administered and can be delivered to students via the NAVICA mobile app.

Testing will be offered on-campus between November 23-25 to students who are planning to return home for Thanksgiving Break.

For those who will remain on campus until the end of the semester, testing will be made available in mid-December.

UE officials say if a student receives a positive test result, they will need to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at a local medical facility to confirm the original result.

Students will also need to self-isolate when returning home.

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