Updated: Sep 11
After the week’s testing results returned 10 positive cases out of the 245 tested sample, Salisbury University’s President’s Office orders mandatory COVID-19 testing for all its students, staff and faculty for the upcoming Labor Day week.
All members of the university community will receive an email with a designated time to receive a new coronavirus test at 1506 S. Salisbury Blvd., the former Court Plaza shopping center across from SU.
Testing will be conducted from Sept. 7 through Sept. 9.
Students unable to make their designated testing appointment will be restricted from attending in-person classes after Sept. 11, until they have returned a negative test result from an SU testing site, which have dates scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays through the month of September.
Campus community members who have returned a positive COVID-19 test in the past 90 days or those who do not plan on arriving to campus for the rest of the semester are exempt.
According to the President’s Office email, the new round of mandatory testing is to “determine whether those results represented a certain cluster of the campus population or whether they are indicative of a larger positivity rate, still within State guidelines. This data is an important tool in SU’s efforts to keep the campus open this semester.”
Further restrictions were also announced: “out of an abundance of caution, campus athletic and recreational facilities, including Maggs Physical Activities Center, the University Fitness Club, Indoor Tennis Center, tennis courts and intramural fields, will be closed until further notice.”
Additionally, according to suseagulls.com, “all student-athlete activities have been suspended until further notice. The suspension covers sports performance activities, team workouts, concussion testing and screening.” These include the closure of fitness centers in all residence halls, according to an email from the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
For more information and how to schedule a testing appointment outside of your assigned time, visit SU’s COVID-19 website, www.salisbury.edu/coronavirus.
By JAKOB TODD
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