University of Louisville requiring COVID-19 testing

August 24, 2020 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville is requiring students who are taking in-person classes to be tested for the new coronavirus.

The mandatory test must be taken between Monday and Sept. 4, the university said in a statement. It applies to students, faculty and staff.

The tests are for both those who are on campus or plan to be on campus periodically, the statement said.

There were 53 positive virus cases out of more than 2,600 tests given as of Aug. 17, according to the university’s health dashboard.

The university’s COVID-19 page said it is “now critical for us to quickly identify and isolate positive cases to better limit the virus’s spread in our university community.”

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The university wants to avoid an online-only semester this fall, the page said. Classes began Aug. 17.