Troy University to give free COVID-19 testing for all students this fall

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TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — Troy University will be providing free testing for all students for the upcoming fall semester.

The testing is part of the Stay Safe Together program in Alabama, which uses CARES Act funding to help pay for the tests.

“Funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the testing program, along with the University’s ‘TROY Strong: Health and Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic’ guidelines, is key in our safe return to campus this fall,” Dr. Lance Tatum wrote in a statement.

Students will get an email from testing@staysafetogether.org that will give them instructions on how to get the free COVID-19 test.

Students will have the following options:

  • An at-home kit: UPS Health will send self-administered at-home test kits, allowing students to swab the inside of their nostril to check for COVID-19. The sample will be sent back in the prepackaging and needs to be done quickly.
  • On-site testing: 14 locations throughout the state of Alabama where you can get a similar test to the home kit. Testing will be done at the Elm Street Gym in Troy on August 4. The aforementioned email will have information on scheduling, according to the university.
  • Private option: You can pay for your own test with your doctor, but you must share your results with the Office of the Dean of Student Services.

If the testing is done with the first two options, the results will be given to Troy. If you use the third option or have tested positive early, you must email your results to hreeves@troy.edu.

Should a student test positive, they must isolate for 10 days and have no fever without medication for a full day. They must then get clearance from a healthcare professional before they can go back to Troy.

“Should you test positive, contact the Office of the Dean of Student Services at (334) 670-3203 or by email at hreeves@troy.edu so that we can provide you with additional information and assistance,” Tatum wrote. “If you have previously tested positive within the last 12 weeks, you should not retest through Stay Safe TogetherTM. Your previous test results and clearance from your health care provider should be shared with the Office of the Dean of Student Services.”

You can read Tatum’s full statement here.

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