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OSU picks up speed on day two of move-in COVID-19 testing

Students at Reser Stadium on Monday waited roughly half the time it took students to get their swab on Sunday.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 8:29 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 8:29 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- On the second day of move-in at Oregon State University, COVID-19 testing picked up speed.

Students at Reser Stadium on Monday waited roughly half the time it took students to get their swab on Sunday. 

"We waited in line. It wasn't too bad. We went up to the desks, and it was a simple swab; it took about two minutes," said student Jack McDonnell. "It was a very easy and painless experience."

It was a big contrast to that first day when some spent up to four hours in line. 

"We are sorry for that," spokesman Steve Clark apologized. "We took steps today -- even with fewer people scheduled to come on campus. We re-drew the patterns of traffic."

According to officials, 1,800 tests were scheduled for today, compared to the 2,200 tested on Sunday. Clark said better traffic directing cut down wait times immensely.

These tests are self-collected nasal swabs. Most of the students who spoke with KEZI said it was a straightforward process, and they're happy to do it.

Starting next week, all unvaccinated students and employees must get tested weekly, no matter if they live on or off-campus.

"We have two vaccination and testing locations, so it will be very easy for students to participate who are not vaccinated and for those who have chosen an exemption to be tested," Clark said.

With 600 students left to finish their testing tomorrow, Clark expects the rest of it to flow much better as they head into the fall quarter.

Clark said students should receive test results within two or three days.

University officials told KEZI that 4,600 students will be living on campus this year, twice the number that started last year in the dorms.

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