Since the start of the school year, The University of Illinois has implemented strict COVID-19 testing guidelines. The university requires undergraduate students to get tested twice a week, as well as use an app to tracks their results.
The same can not be said just an hour north at Illinois State University. Illinois State reopened its campus this fall, yet there is no required testing for on-campus students.
As of now, only thirty percent of Illinois State students have participated in on campus testing. There is no testing availability for faculty and staff due to limited number of tests.
Illinois State University’s COVID-19 testing coordinator and professor of chemistry, John Baur, hopes to partner with the University of Illinois salvia testing.
“Right now we’re still working on the legal agreements, but we’re getting closer to getting started with U of I. We’ve committed to paying for the tests, but we are in the process of setting up a safe lab.” Baur stated.
The University of Illinois has invested millions into its testing program: making it an example for re-opening campuses across the nation.
In the meantime, Baur continues to advocate for students and faculty to stay safe. He encourages those on Illinois State’s campus to continue social distancing and testing when possible. Baur hopes the two campuses can form a partnership by November.