Clemson Univ. begins main campus employee COVID-19 testing Monday

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CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – Clemson University main campus employees must be tested for COVID-19 if they are currently working or plan to return back to school prior to August 1.

The initial testing begins on Monday at NewSpring Church in Seneca.

“This initial phase that begins Monday is specific to those faculty and staff and a very limited number of students who will be required to be on campus between now and August 1st,” said Joe Galbraith, Associate VP of Clemson University Communications.

Galbraith said approximately 1,500 people are a part of this group. They are required to test at the drive-through site from Monday through Wednesday.

“If you are not an employee who is regularly coming to campus right now, or need to be prior to August 1st, which again is a limited population of our faculty and staff, then you’re not required to test in this initial portion that’s taking place next week,” Galbraith said.

Recent graduate, Tori Badala, hopes this will keep the virus at bay so she can graduate in the fall.

“I hope it will not be cancelled because of corona. And yeah, just because I know they scheduled it for October. So I’m hoping that will still get to happen,” Badala said.

Galbraith said the university’s health services team and the Medical University of South Carolina, will collect the free test between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the scheduled days next week.

“Our technology team and our health services team have been working in partnership with MUSC who will be collecting the samples and facilitating the test next week,” said Galbraith. “We have a process in place to be able to verify, test with employee and all of the mechanization on the back end.”

The university is also finalizing requirement plans for other faculty, students, and staff who must be tested before returning in the fall. The university mentioned the requirement in an email on Thursday afternoon.

“As Clemson continues to prepare for the Fall semester, the university previously announced anyone who works for, lives at or is enrolled in a Clemson University program or facility must secure a negative COVID-19 test result five days prior to returning to campus or other University location for the Fall semester. Those who test positive will be required to self-isolate for 10 days before returning to a Clemson location.”

“Over the next week, we will provide guidance for everybody who needs to come back after August 1st, and how that process will work,” said Galbraith.

Badala said with the precautions in place, she should be able to graduate.

“I think with all of the testing and masks in place, we will hopefully be able to have graduation,” said Badala.

Employees who have worked on the main campus and will be tested next week, may return to work while awaiting results. However, those who have not yet returned to Clemson, but are required to test next week, must provide negative results before coming back.

More details on the testing from Clemson University:

When:Β Monday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 22; 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day

Where: NewSpring, 13200 Clemson Blvd, Seneca, SC 29678

Who: Employees required to work in Clemson facilities prior to August 1

What to bring?
Government Issued ID, Proof of Insurance, Clemson University ID

Can I go back to work?
For those employees currently working in Clemson facilities, you may return to work, while awaiting results of your test. For those reporting to on-site work after July 20, you will need proof of a negative test.

What you need to know for your visit:
No cost*
No preregistration or appointment necessary
Please bring Government Issued ID, Proof of Insurance, Clemson University ID
Results will be available within 5 to 7 days
Please wear a mask

* Employees are asked to bring an insurance card if they have one. Insurance is not required, however, the CARES Act does require MUSC to bill insurance providers if individuals do have insurance.

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