According to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina will provide COVID-19 testing to colleges before Thanksgiving.
North Carolina Provides COVID-19 Testing to Universities
Cooper announced that the state will provide COVID-19 testing to North Carolina colleges and universities to help reinforce student testing efforts in schools ahead of Thanksgiving and the holidays.
Bringing COVID-19 testing to college campuses is one way we can prevent further viral spread across the state as students return home, Governor Cooper said.
However, wearing a mask and maintaining social distance remain our most powerful weapons against this virus as we approach winter break.
NCDHHS is shipping a total of 74,470 federally funded rapid antigen tests.
These tests will be sent to North Carolina public and private colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Students will be screened before traveling home or celebrating holidays with people who live outside their home.
NCDHHS and local health departments
NCDHHS is also working with local health departments to host community testing events near college campuses and for students who need testing before the end of the semester.
They will work with local health departments in
- New Hannover,
- and Pitt counties
We encourage everyone to plan ahead and get tested for COVID-19 before leaving campus or meeting friends and family over the holidays, said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
But even if a test result is negative, it is not a guarantee. The tests represent a moment in time. Therefore, students and their families should practice the 3 Ws and wear a mask, wash their hands frequently, and stay 6 feet away from others.
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