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COVID-19 Update: Spring Semester Move-in Testing Information

Dec. 22, 2020 

Dear SLU community,  

As I have shared in previous communications, we are planning to offer COVID-19 testing prior to the start of the spring semester. 

We have decided to use the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid test. This test –– which is offered to SLU courtesy of the state of Missouri –– is a nasal swab that delivers results within 15 minutes. 

We will offer pre-spring semester testing for our on-campus residents every day from Friday, Jan. 22 until Jan. 27. Testing will be offered in one-hour blocks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. It will take place in the Simon Recreation Center basketball courts.

Students who live in on-campus housing are required to get tested before moving back in after winter break. So please, make a plan for your move-in/arrival time based on your testing appointment. We expect to have plenty of availability to accommodate students’ needs each day. Housing and Residence Life staff will be looking for you to show proof that you have completed testing in order for you to get into your building.

It is highly recommended that you consider getting tested prior to coming to campus. If you test positive, that allows you to isolate in the comfort of your home, rather than being moved into on-campus isolation housing. If you get tested within 72 hours of coming to campus and test negative, you do not need to test on campus. Just come to the Simon Rec Center during testing hours with written proof of your test results.

We hope to offer asymptomatic testing as an option to students who live off campus at a later date. Stay tuned for what this might look like as we work to first accommodate all of the required on-campus move-in testing.

In the event the holiday spirit has you otherwise consumed, I want to offer you the rest of the testing update as efficiently as possible. The following information is for students who live on campus:

A brief note about vaccines

While I am sure all of us are thrilled to see local health care providers receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, I want to remind you that we are still weeks or months from having information about what vaccination will look like for the non-clinical SLU community. 

We recently launched a COVID-19 vaccine webpage with some FAQs that the University will update when there is more information to share.

Stay safe and healthy.

Terri Rebmann, Ph.D., RN, CIC, FAPIC
Special Assistant to the President
Director, Institute for Biosecurity
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
College for Public Health and Social Justice