I have a short update this week:
1. Testing Results. Collectively, last week we had 1,029 people tested at the two mass testing events on campus. There were a total of 42 positive cases, which indicates a 4% positivity rate. This is an uptick from the prior NDSU events (3.66% positivity rate), but it’s still below the Cass County level which was over 6.2 during that same period.
2. Weekly Testing. It’s not a good sign that our positivity rate went up, and we want to stop that trend. We’re continuing with the semi-weekly testing at the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track Facility (located directly southwest of the SHAC). There will be a test today and Sunday, October 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. We will continue to have testing events using the same days, times and locations for a few weeks.
Please get tested, even if you have already had a test and even if you don’t have any symptoms. The testing process is not difficult, and they commonly give you a choice of using a throat or nasal swab (one may be easier for you than the other).
Student government is running another drawing for Visa gift cards for students who get tested this week. First place is $250 and there are five additional $100 winners.
We would like every employee to get tested at least every other week. However, if you are working in an area with significant exposure to others, it would be better to get tested every week. As always, getting tested at these events should be considered work time.
Some final points about testing:
• Testing is free.
• You can preregister here.
• It is not limited to people living on campus. All students, including off-campus students, are encouraged to participate.
• You do not have to have symptoms in order to get this testing. In fact, this testing is only for individuals who are asymptomatic. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact Student Health Service or your local health care facility to determine next steps.