Drive-thru COVID-19 testing was conducted in the parking lot of Grace P. Johnson Stadium. PN Photo/ Alyssa Hernandez.
On Aug. 26 and 27 the Robeson County Health Department came to campus to offer students, faculty, and staff free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in an attempt to gauge the university community’s rate of transmission.
The testing took place in Lot 24, the football stadium parking lot, from 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. on both days. The tests provided were mouth swab tests that participants had to conduct themselves while sitting in their cars. More than 400 people were tested on the first day, Wednesday, and a similar amount was expected for Thursday, according to Chancellor Cummings. Students from the Department of Nursing gained experience helping with the event.
Chief Communications and Marketing Office Jodi Phelps sent out an email to tell students about testing and provide the link to register for testing. She also said in the email, “It is important to get tested even if you are not experiencing symptoms.” The email explained that test takers needed to remain in their vehicles with the windows rolled down no more than two inches. Sun roofs also had to remain closed. Upon registering, participants were sent an email with a link to an instructional video to watch in advance.
Those who test positive should email COVID@uncp.edu to report the result. If a student or employee tests positive or has had contact with someone who has tested positive, they should remain home and monitor their health. Any student experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is urged to call Student Health Services at 910-521-6219.