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The Wright State Faculty Senate (WSU) has raised concerns about the sustainability of the COVID-19 testing center on campus.
COVID Test Center
The COVID-19 Testing Center performs rapid COVID tests to detect asymptomatic COVID cases according to Dean of Students Chris Taylor.
â€œThe required tests allowed us to find asymptomatic COVID cases in [the WSU community] it would otherwise have gone unnoticed, â€Taylor said.
The COVID testing center has distributed thousands of home tests to students, faculty and staff according to Taylor. Taylor says these tests are funded by the state of Ohio.
â€œThe tests were provided free of charge by the state of Ohio, and the testing center is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and federal government COVID funds,â€ Taylor said.
Test the effectiveness
The Faculty’s Senate discussed concerns about the effectiveness of surveillance tests at the November 15 meeting. President Sue Edwards told the meeting that the university identifies about seven asymptomatic cases per week out of about 437 tests administered.
However, according to Taylor, there were seven positive tests out of a total of 701 tests administered this semester with a positivity rate of 0.009%.
Some professors believe surveillance tests are helpful in tackling cases of COVID on campus. Dr. Sara Paton, professor of population and public health sciences (PPHS) and epidemiologist, says it is a useful tool for monitoring COVID levels on campus.
â€œIt provides us with data to help us make decisions about COVID mitigation strategies, such as wearing masks and offering classes online rather than in person,â€ Paton said.
Surveillance tests show whether COVID levels are rising or falling, according to Paton.
Wright State Guardian contacted Dr Amanda Hinson-Enslin and she did not provide a response.
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