Earlier Thursday morning, the University of Mount Union announced via email that 3% of the campus community will undergo COVID-19 testing weekly.
The University stated in their address that surveillance testing will begin Oct. 26 and will operate on the basis of emailing those selected in the random sample and will inform said participants of their condition via telephone.
Mount Union is also opening up the sample pool to willful volunteers looking to get tested for COVID-19. Within the same institution-wide email, it was also mentioned that the new testing format is to continue throughout the spring semester-confirming the university’s plan for a return come the second semester. The idea for this weekly testing came about after Mike DeWine, governor of Ohio, issued a recommendation on Sept. 24 to randomly test a percentage of college and university students who appear asymptomatic.
Testing will be conducted through the use of the Alliance Family Medical Center’s mobile testing unit and further details regarding testing protocol are pending next week’s campus-wide update.
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