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Universities are turning to saliva tests to track and mitigate COVID-19 exposures as students, faculty, and staff return to campuses

Saliva-based COVID-19 testing? There’s an app for that

By Shannon O'Connor, Editor at Large, eCampus News
February 23rd, 2021

Universities are turning to saliva tests to track and mitigate COVID-19 exposures as students, faculty, and staff return to campuses

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has implemented a saliva PCR test for COVID-19 for the spring 2021 semester as part of a program to safely return to on-campus learning.

All students, faculty and staff who need to be physically on campus are required to have three tests, spaced 10 days apart. Testing began on January 19. The tests are being processed at the university’s Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center.

As of mid-February, almost everyone has completed at least two if not all three rounds of tests, according to Nate Morris, services lead, ITS, for the university. Morris said that university leadership will be looking at the test results and will be determining if more testing will be required, whether randomized or for everyone or for certain populations, and on what frequency. Those who would like to still be tested can do so.

The testing is free for students, faculty, and staff.

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About the Author:

Shannon O’Connor has worked in publishing throughout her life. She grew up in a printing shop and has worked as a newspaper reporter, textbook/software editor, and for the past 20 years in educational magazine/website/enews publishing as an editor and writer. Most recently she served as editor of College Planning & Management magazine where she focused on sharing best practices in higher education with her readers. Shannon can be reached at SOConnor@eSchoolMedia.com.

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