UCF to begin random COVID-19 testing; here’s which students the school will focus on

UCF to begin random COVID-19 testing; here’s which students the school will focus on
The University of Central Florida will begin testing random COVID-19 testing beginning next week, and will initially focus on students involved in Greek life, the school announced Tuesday. (WFTV.com News Staff)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The University of Central Florida will begin testing random COVID-19 testing beginning next week, and will initially focus on students involved in Greek life, the school announced Tuesday.

About 100 students who belong to Greek organizations will be part of the first sample “because Greek students have been at higher risk of contracting the virus at universities throughout the country and because UCF has already had to quarantine residents of three on-campus houses,” the university said.

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Students who are part of the first round of testing will be notified Thursday via email and will be required to participate in testing between Sept. 21 and Sept. 23 in Garage A. The tests will be administered through Aventus Biolabs and the university will cover the cost of the tests.

Testing will continue throughout the semester with randomly selected members of groups the university believes may be at an increased risk of COVID-19, as well as other students, faculty and staff selected randomly.

Random tests will be required for students, faculty and staff who are selected unless they never come to any UCF campus, the university said. Those who do and refuse to be tested may be required to self-isolate and remain off campus for two weeks, and could also face disciplinary actions.