Doane to provide free COVID-19 testing to Crete campus students in January
This afternoon Doane University President Dr. Jacque Carter notified the campus community that Doane will be providing saliva-based PCR testing, free of charge, to Crete campus students upon their return to campus in January. The testing is required for all students living on campus and all student-athletes.
Return to campus baseline testing is a tool that will allow Student Health Services to quickly isolate students arriving to campus with COVID-19. This strategy will allow the university to start the spring semester off with its best foot forward.
Saliva-based testing is highly effective and minimally invasive as it allows students to collect the sample on their own. Students will simply provide a saliva sample in a specialized collection tube upon check-in and all collection tubes will be mailed to a lab for processing. Testing will be conducted on January 12th, 16th, and 17th. Students will receive additional details from Residence Life and Education about signing up for testing.
While the PCR test is not required for students living off campus who do not participate in athletics, those students are highly encouraged to take advantage of this free testing opportunity as they return.
With all residential students receiving a COVID-19 test as they return to campus, based on guidance from public health experts and local health officials, all residential students will be quarantined from January 18-22 and all instruction for the first week of the semester will be virtual.
The university requiring all students to quarantine for five days while they await their test results will eliminate the possibility of students who have tested positive exposing themselves to others in the community, prior to knowing their positive test result. This will greatly benefit contract tracing efforts and positions Doane students, faculty, and staff to begin the spring semester in the safest learning environment possible.
Students will receive additional details prior to the spring semester beginning on Monday, January 18. Visit doane.edu/covid-19 for additional COVID-19-related updates from the university.