LEXINGTON, Ky.– COVID-19 testing for the nearly 30,000 University of Kentucky trainees preparing to go back to school for fall classes began today, Monday, Aug. 3.
What You Required To Know
- Trainees May be Tested at Five Sites
- Tests Needed for Trainees Preparation to Go Back To Campus
- Websites Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Until Aug. 22
- About 2,000 Trainees Expected Every Day
Evaluating takes place from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. every day until Aug. 22 at a drive-thru site in the blue lot at Kroger Field, and walk-up screening sites at South Limestone in between University Opportunity and State Street; Sports Jacket Dining on South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; Greek Park on Rose Lane; and Near The 90 at Hilltop and Woodland opportunities.
UK Chief of Authorities Joe Monroe was at Kroger Field on Monday and said he anticipated almost 2,000 trainees would be evaluated at drive-thru website the very first day.
” The swabbing takes less than a minute to do– 5 seconds in each nostril, and then they are on their way,” Monroe said. “We’re balancing about 200 cars and trucks per hour since 8 a.m. this morning. We anticipate, based upon our pre-scheduling, that we’re going to have roughly about 1,600 -1,700 come through here today.”
As trainees came to the site, they signed up in one of five lanes by validating their date of birth or name, then drove up to one of 5 tents to get evaluated. Total time at the website balanced about 15 minutes, Monroe stated.
” What we have actually noticed is 10 minutes prior to the hour to 10 minutes after the hour– that 20- minute window is when everybody appears to show up,” he said. “So, we are encouraging people now to come on the half-hour.”
Monroe stated numerous favorable outcomes are expected with a lot of tests, and UK has a procedure in place to help those trainees that evaluate favorable, such as follow-ups by the school’s contact-tracing team and supplying instructions for what they require to do before the very first day of classes on Aug. 17.
” We’ll assist them get all the resources they need,” Monroe said.
The screening websites took a great deal of planning concerning logistics.
” It took us about a week to strategy and do some dry runs with cars to make sure we had it laid out OK,” Monroe stated. Testing this lots of people at as soon as is not something that’s been done to this scale.
Wild Health, the company contracted by UK to conduct the screening, produced a wireless network at the drive-thru site linking all five screening camping tents that permits students’ info to be submitted and labels printed in real-time, which allows for faster results. Students tested at the drive-thru site need to anticipate to have their results in 24 to 36 hours.
” We’ve really thought this procedure out for the last two and a half weeks,” Monroe stated. “I feel like we got it down respectable.”
UK student Brian Ross stated the drive-thru site is a “pretty good setup” to get all trainees tested, and UK trainee Kiah Gledhill stated he was surprised at how quick the line was moving.
” I haven’t been waiting too long,” he stated. “Hopefully, it continues at the current rate.”
UK students will start moving into house halls over nine days, starting Aug. 8. Trainees who take all their classes online and do not prepare to go to the campus for any reason are not required to be tested.