By: Joel Vazquez, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern
GLASSBORO, N.J. — The Wellness Center at Rowan University will distribute free asymptomatic COVID-19 tests to students and employees at the campus Recreation Center starting on February 3.
The clinics were originally scheduled to start on February 2, but the inclement weather pushed the testing back a day.
On-campus students will be tested from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Residential students will get information from their Rowan email account with a designated day to come in for their bi-weekly test.
Off-campus students and employees will be tested from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Registrants can use their Proflink account to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are not allowed.
Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive details via email about how to register for Concentric, a testing service where you’ll also receive your test results. After signing up, you must complete the pre-screening survey 72 hours before the test.
A Rowan ID is required by students and employees, and they must not eat, drink, or smoke 30 minutes before the test. Those who live on campus will receive a nasal swab test. Off-campus students and employees get tested by spitting into a tube. The whole process ranges from five to 10 minutes. Patients should receive their results about three days after the test.
The asymptomatic tests are designed to detect the virus in patients not showing symptoms such as sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, etc. Only students and employees with no symptoms can register for this test. Students who are showing symptoms can call the Wellness Center at (856) 256-4333 to make an appointment. Symptomatic students will get tested at Hollybush Mansion and symptomatic employees can get tested through their own providers.
The Wellness Center opened pop-up asymptomatic testing clinics all over campus during the Fall semester. The center averaged between 120 and 150 tests per day. Since the Recreation Center is undergoing some renovations, the Wellness Center is able to utilize the space this semester.
According to Brittany Auleta, the coordinator for healthy campus initiatives, Rowan is the “pioneer” in keeping the number of cases on campus low. She gives credit to the students for getting tested prior to coming back to campus.
“They [the students] really are taking COVID seriously, which I think is really fantastic,” Auleta said.
The clinics are also helped run by student volunteers. All majors are welcome. For information on how to get involved, email Auleta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the testing, contact the Wellness Center at email@example.com.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.