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Expanded Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing

Dear colleagues,

Last week we expanded our comprehensive testing efforts, which include individual swab tests and wastewater and pooled testing. Vice Chancellor for Research Deb Crawford and I will discuss our overall testing strategy as well as early results from systematic testing during tomorrow’s live update.

Coupled with robust contact tracing, expanded testing allows us to more broadly assess the health of our campus community, track trends, and potentially identify cases and clusters before they escalate.

From the beginning of this pandemic, we’ve relied on data and advice from experts to inform our decisions. We will continue to deploy research to broaden our understanding of how the virus is impacting our campus. It is vital that we remain vigilant despite recent decreases in active cases among students.

I remain optimistic about the relatively low number of cases among employees. Because of your diligent efforts, our contact tracing team has identified very few active cases related to classroom or laboratory activity.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our campus safe.

Donde Plowman