A distinct change from the fall to spring semester is the implementation of widespread COVID-19 testing. Once on campus, testing will need to become embedded in students’ weekly routines.
The Carolina Together Testing Program requires undergraduate and graduate students to participate in regular asymptomatic evaluation testing throughout the semester, while testing for faculty and staff is voluntary.
“What we're trying to do is make sure that the access is there, make sure that the availability is there and then also make sure that if you are tested and you're tested positive, we get to pull you out of the community to isolate so that you have the ability to protect other people and protect yourself,” said Dr. Amir Barzin, medical director at the Family Medicine Center in Chapel Hill who helped develop the testing program.
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