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Purdue to require all students be tested for C19 prior to returning to school

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Purdue University is announcing that itís formulating plans to require and pay for the testing of all students for COVID-19 before they move into residence halls and attend classes in August.

The program will be led by Dr. Esteban Ramirez, chief medical officer at the Protect Purdue Health Center, and was developed in consultation with the Protect Purdue Medical Advisory Team.

Undergraduate, graduate, and professional program students will soon be provided with instructions and assistance on how and when to get tested for COVID-19, beginning early in August before traveling to the West Lafayette campus.

Student test results will be sent to the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) and those testing positive should not travel to West Lafayette or come to campus for any reason until they isolate for 14 days and are medically cleared to return by PPHC.

Failure to complete a COVID-19 test and have those results filed with PPHC prior to arrival will affect a studentís ability to move into a residence hall or begin in-person classes when they resume Aug. 24. Academic support will be available through virtual consultations with staff specializing in student success to help undergraduates navigate their continued academic progress if forced to isolate because of COVID-19.

For students already on campus or arriving for various early-start programs through July, the University and PPHC are developing plans to rapidly sample and test individuals through a combination of resources provided by on-campus, local, and outside partners.

The University will cover the costs of all student testing.

Purdue is expecting a potentially record number of freshmen this fall, with a total student body of more than 40,000.

Faculty and staff are not, at this time, required to be tested for COVID-19, provided they are not sick, not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, and have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Posted 7/8/2020





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