OSU ramping up COVID-19 testing as spring break approaches

OSU students told KEZI they have been taking advantage of the available testing opportunities.

Posted: Mar 15, 2021 12:26 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2021 5:41 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is increasing COVID-19 testing for staff, faculty and students with spring break beginning on March 20th.

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“Since September we have been testing 1,000 students, faculty and staff per week at the Corvallis campus,” OSU vice president of marketing Steve Clark said. “Over the last several weeks, beginning on Feb. 1, we’ve tested around 3,500 staff, faculty and students per week -- 3,000 of them being students.”

Clark said testing opportunities have also been given to those in fraternity and sorority houses. 

"Even as vaccination programs are being rolled out, students at Oregon State and all across Oregon of the college age are not yet being vaccinated," Clark said.

OSU students told KEZI they have been taking advantage of the available testing opportunities.

"We just took one today," said OSU freshman Rocky Hortaleza. "I'm planning on going home to Portland if my COVID-19 test comes out negative."

Other students also said they have travel plans for spring break.

"I'm planning a small road trip with friends but I'm staying in the state and not going out of state," OSU freshman Satine Reis said.

"I'm probably just going to go home," OSU freshman Grant Marschall said. "I'm from Colorado."

OSU students living in residence halls are required to get tested within three days of spring term. Students and employees who choose to travel are asked to quarantine for seven days upon return even with a negative test result.

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