September 4, 2020 - Random testing for COVID-19 to Begin Next Week
It is the University’s top priority to ensure academic continuity for our students and the health and safety of our campus community. Our community has shown real commitment in these first weeks to following preventive guidance and wearing masks, maintaining social distance and following hygiene practices. It is effective and appreciated.
Next week, the University will undertake another measure to help with safety efforts. Duquesne will begin voluntary random COVID-19 testing next week. This testing will focus on persons who have no symptoms of illness and who have an on-campus presence (who live in a campus residence, attend classes in person on campus or work on campus).
Such testing is often called prevalence or surveillance testing, and the results help to guide operational decisions.
A group of approximately 800 employees, faculty and students will be randomly selected and contacted via email on Monday, Sept. 7, or Tuesday, Sept. 8, and asked to register for a testing time slot. Testing will be conducted by University Health Services, with assistance from the School of Nursing and the Center for Pharmacy Care.
Testing results will be maintained in strict confidence by Health Services personnel, and all test results will be conveyed to participants as soon as received by the University.
Although this program is voluntary, your participation is strongly encouraged as it will help the University adjust strategies and actions as necessary to protect the entire University community. Hourly paid employees who agree to be tested will be paid for the time spent to be tested, including if it is on a day that they are not scheduled to work on campus.
Thank you for your help and your continued efforts to keep all of us safe.