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UK Ready To Test Thousands Of Students As They Return To Campus

University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is moving forward as a campus community to battle COVID-19 for yet another semester. The 2021 Spring semester at UK will begin for students just like the Fall semester, with mandatory COVID-19 testing. “That process will be from January 14th though January 30th. We will continue to offer free testing, ongoing” said UK Spokesman Jay Blanton. He said free testing will also continue for faculty and staff along with maintenance testing of students and residence hall wastewater testing.

On the vaccination front, more than 57-hundred UK HealthCare workers have gotten vaccinated which includes some faculty and students. Blanton said they are preparing for the upcoming phases which will include more of the campus community’s general population. “The state has set forth some guidelines with respect to phases of testing and so we’ll work through that. We’ll work through the availability of the vaccine, the doses as we have it.” Blanton continued “and also as you go through the process there are also underlying health conditions and age of people being tested in terms of risk factors.”

Blanton said testing and general Coronavirus safety protocol compliance was high last semester and officials expect the same this spring.