Some colleges managed to salvage the fall semester by bringing students back to campus amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The key to success? Lots and lots of testing.
Colgate University in upstate New York is one of the schools that prioritized testing early on. The 200-year-old college has conducted roughly 11,000 COVID-19 tests for its 3,000 students, according to the school’s dashboard. The school also engaged in wastewater sampling to detect COVID cases.
“Testing that many people that often has allowed us to stay safe and remain open,” Colgate Dean Paul McLoughlin told Yahoo Finance Live (video above). “But also, it is what’s necessary. It’s allowed us to sort of identify early.”
Colgate, which is currently reporting 0% positivity rates for four weeks in a row, has offered its students antigen tests on a voluntary basis between November 16 and 17 before students head home for Thanksgiving. Furthermore, the school