Mandatory COVID-19 test required after winter break
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
All Salisbury University students, faculty and staff will be required to have a university-administered COVID-19 test within seven days of returning to campus after winter break, per a recent Stay Informed email.
According to the email, the policy includes “employees returning to campus in early January, students taking face-to-face or hybrid classes during winter term and all returning for the spring semester.”
SU students moving into on-campus housing for the spring will need to have their coronavirus test coincide with their move-in day. Those individuals will then begin move-in following the competition of their test.
Returning student move-in days are Jan. 20, 21, 23 and 24, while new students’ move-in day will be Jan. 22.
SU coronavirus testing dates are currently reserved for Jan. 4-6, 12 and 19-24, with all tests scheduled to be administered in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.
Those tests may be scheduled here.
The university’s rolling requirement for all campus community members to have a negative coronavirus test on-file every 30 days to maintain access to SU facilities will also resume Jan 4, per the email.
SU maintained a COVID-19 positivity rate of less than 2% for nearly the entire fall semester, despite the state’s latest positivity rate rising to nearly 8%, according to the university’s coronavirus dashboard.
SU President Charles Wight spoke highly of the campus community's efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus throughout the semester during his final fall COVID-19 briefing Thursday.
“I remain extremely grateful to our students, faculty and staff for your dedication to keeping our COVID-19 positivity rates among the lowest in Maryland throughout this entire semester,” Wight said. “Your diligence in following public health protocols is commendable, and it’s part of what has allowed us to do what so many others could not.”
For more information on SU’s testing protocols or to view the latest university COVID-19 test results, visit https://www.salisbury.edu/coronavirus/testing-info.aspx.
By JAKOB TODD
Featured image courtesy of Salisbury University Counseling Center.