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Texas A&M urging COVID-19 testing for all students

Posted at 11:34 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 12:34:21-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M is asking all students to get a free COVID-19 test on campus this week as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Texas A&M University is offering free COVID-19 testing at eight campus locations this week as the university urges all students to get tested.

Every student also is asked to complete a short online pre-registration screening, even if they fall in any of the following categories:

  • Don’t plan to test
  • Have already had the virus
  • Think they don’t need a test
  • Expect to test elsewhere
  • Aren’t currently in the Bryan-College Station area
  • Are quarantining or isolating at home

The information – which is used to make critical university decisions – is necessary for officials to get a true understanding of COVID-19 in the Aggie campus community, which has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks.

Dr. Tiffany Skaggs, chief medical officer for Student Health Services, said testing is quick, simple and offers the best way to stop the relentless and silent transmission of the deadly virus.

“If we don’t test, we will always be at the mercy of this invisible virus until we get a vaccine or effective treatment, ” Skaggs said. “If we are diligent with our testing, tracking, isolation and quarantining today, we can protect our health and opportunities tomorrow and beyond.”

Information on testing sites can be found HERE.