Quinnipiac University has started random testing for students.
The new testing process is one of many precautions the university is taking amidst the rise of COVID-19. Alongside it, many classes have followed the FLEX hybrid model of teaching, while masks and social distancing are required in all spaces on campus besides a student’s own residence.
Dr. David Hill, a medical science professor and senior medical adviser to the university, stated that health services are moving into a new phase of testing now that students are on campus.
“Individuals who have no symptoms are going to be tested on a regular basis,” Hill said. “We’ve developed a model which allows us to test the right amount of students to pick up signals for COVID activity.”
Only a certain percentage of students will be tested during each cycle under the model. A higher portion of non-residential students will be tested on a regular basis, as they primarily live off-campus and outside of the reach of the university’s virus-based rules and regulations.
Quinnipiac students have been very receptive toward the the testing process.
“When I went to get tested randomly the line wasn’t bad at all,” Noah Epstein, Class of 2023, said. “I was in and out. Overall, I think the testing was really, really good.”
Sophomore Grace Sablich also voiced positivity over the process.
“I think testing is going really well,” she said. “I had the test within 24 hours of arriving on campus… overall it’s going really well.”
Jake Zereski, Class of 2024, said. “They give you all of the instructions you need to do… glad I could get it done without any stress.”
Health officials have also put out a symptom-tracking app, which allows students to track their symptoms daily without being in physical contact with health personnel.
Only a single student has been found positive of the virus as of Sept. 18.