Concord University begins COVID testing

ATHENS, WV (WOAY) – Governor Jim Justice has asked all colleges and universities in the state to test all faculty and students.

The beginning of the semester at Concord University may look different this year, the university started day one of COVID-19 testing.

“We’re asking people in line to social distance an to wear a mask even though we’re outside,” said Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Sarah Beasley.

Over a three day period, the university will test over 1,900 people. This number includes all faculty and the entire student body. Students who are not tested by the first day of school will not be allowed to attend class in person.

“They’re not allowed to come to class or remain in the resident hall unless they’ve been tested,” said Beasley.

According to Dr. Beasley, COVID testing is not just limited to the beginning of the semester. Students can expect to be tested at some point in the future.

“We’re thinking about doing some surveillance testing throughout the semester. So small groups of students to see if the virus is on campus,” said Beasley.

Students and Facility are required to be tested by the University. Anyone who is not tested by August 14th can schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center to be tested.