Grand Valley has launched a COVID-19 random testing program for residential students at the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses.
Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for Health, said Grand Valley was able to coordinate random testing on campus with Spectrum Health.
"Being able to start random testing during move-in week will help us gather real-time data regarding the residential community's prevalence of COVID-19, leading to informed decisions on interventions and response," said Nagelkerk.
A randomly selected sample of 2,000 residential students are being tested this week. Students who were selected received an email or text from the Virus Action Team with information about the time and location of their testing appointment.
Tina Barnikow, senior director for health, said the test method is noninvasive and self-administered by swabbing the lower area of each nostril. The cost for random testing is covered by the university.
Beginning the first week of classes and regularly through the Fall semester, the university will test a randomly selected sample of about 1,500 students, faculty and staff.