Texas A&M now offering COVID-19 testing

Tests will be available for A&M students, faculty, and staff.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 5:36 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - The Texas A&M University Provost & Executive Vice President Carol A. Fierke announced Monday that the university will now offer COVID-19 testing for A&M students, faculty, and staff.

According to Fierke, the testing is available Monday through Friday on campus, at a tent in Lot 27 near the Beutel Health Center.

The tent used for the testing is a negative pressure tent, which means the air is constantly changing. Therefore, if an individual goes into the tent for a test, the air that they breathe out is completely removed from the facility, according to Dr. Martha Dannenbaum, Texas A&M Univesity, Director of Student Health Services, Physician. “It reduces the risk of infection to anyone in this space,” said Dr. Dannenbaum.

“This operation is coordinated by our Emergency Medical Services Event Staff, so these are EMTs. Many of them are students at Texas A&M. They check in the individual interested in testing. They ensure who they say they are They give instruction to the individual being tested as they go through the self-collection process."

Dr. Martha Dannenbaum, Texas A&M Univesity, Director of Student Health Services, Physician

Testing is only for Bryan/College Station Texas A&M University students, faculty, and staff.

Priority will be given to those who have symptoms related to COIVD-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has the virus or suspected to have it. Close contact is defined as closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.

According to Dr. Dannenbaum, tests will be conducted at no cost to the individual.

Appointment windows will be open 1-2 days prior to their availability, according to Fierke.

Fierke says that lab results from tests will be available within 2-3 days from the time the test is administered. If the results from a test come back positive, the results will be reported to state and county health offices, and the individual tested will be contacted by the Texas A&M Investigation and Operations Center, who will provide additional information and guidance, according to Fierke. If a test is negative, the results will be sent to the individual by email.

To schedule a COVID-19 test, click here.

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