March 19, 2021

Campus Update from President Bresciani

NDSU Community, 

I’m keeping the update short this week because of spring break.  Here are a few points about upcoming testing and past test results:

  1. Spring Break. There have been troubling national news stories about behavior in some southern states during spring break. We continue to strongly encourage every person who travelled this week to get a test when they return. Next Thursday will be the first mass test available on the NDSU campus after spring break. In addition, there will be student testing at Student Health Service on Tuesday from 8:30-4:30 (no appointment necessary). Please get tested because we don’t want travelers endangering our community after returning. 
  2. Testing Results. Statewide conditions have largely leveled off, but we are seeing an uptick in cases in Cass County and on the NDSU campus. In addition, more cases of the U.K. variant are being found in North Dakota.  Please remember, we are not out of the woods yet. Here are the last weeks’ testing numbers for the SHAC mass testing events:

 

 

DATE

BNX (Rapid Screening)

 

TOTAL

BNX (Rapid Screening)

 

POSITIVE

 

 

POSITIVITY RATE

March 4

472

0

0.0%

March 11

534

7

1.3%

  1. Weekly Testing. Mass testing events will continue to be at the SHAC on Thursdays, and you should enter using the south doors. The dates and times are as follows:

March 25: 1-5 pm

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 1-5 pm

There will be incentives for students who get tested at the mass testing event next Thursday:

March 25th

  • 24oz Icee from Pizza Express, Coupon valid between March 29th- April 1st
  • A chance to win one of 18 gift cards ($50 value) from various stores and restaurants.

For students only, in addition to the Thursday asymptomatic testing at the SHAC, asymptomatic testing is also available at the Student Health Service on Tuesdays from 8:30am - 4:30pm. No appointment is needed and students can walk-in.  However, the incentives do not apply to this testing.

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, being tested at these events should be considered work time, and I’m asking supervisors to be flexible to allow for employee testing.

Some final points about testing:

  • Testing is free.
  • You can preregister here. However, if you have already registered for a prior testing event, you do not have to re-register. 
  • 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.

Dean L. Bresciani, President

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