BRIEF: Planned mandatory COVID-19 testing program hits wall

Previous plans to implement a mandatory COVID-19 testing program in the spring have been derailed, as the test SIUE planned to use is still seeking FDA approval.

SIUE had planned to introduce a pilot testing program in November using a saliva test developed by University of Illinois; however, this test has not been approved on the anticipated timeline.

In a recent address to the campus community, Chancellor Randy Pembrook said the university is exploring other testing options, such as using another saliva test developed somewhere else or maintaining the voluntary system in place now. 

Pembrook said they expect to have an answer by the time students leave for Thanksgiving Break. 


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