Free testing available on A&M campus to students and public, appointments mandatory

Students on campus have been encouraged to get tested before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 3:33 PM CST
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Thousands of people are taking part in free COVID-19 testing offered to the Texas A&M community and general public.

On Friday there was a long line for free testing by Rudder Fountain on campus as area cases grow. Some people were waiting 45 minutes or more. Appointments are now mandatory to get tested on campus, due to the high demand.

Texas A&M is encouraging all students to get tested before leaving for Thanksgiving.

”We decided we’d get tested just to make sure that we’re all safe as we approach the holiday,” said Jim Miculka. He and his wife were in the long lunchtime line waiting for a cheek swab. Texas A&M officials say last week more than 6,000 people were tested on campus.

”We have our first grandchild and so you know we’re wanting to make sure that we’re safe for him as well as our children and the household itself,” Miculka said.

“They did encourage everyone to get tested before they go home just in case, because a lot of college students you know are asymptomatic so you don’t really know until you get tested,” said Hannah Bryant, a Texas A&M Student.

Bryant waited more than 30 minutes for testing, even with a reservation. She had family on the mind, too, getting tested for her sister before returning home for the break.

”She’s at risk for COVID so I’m very thankful that they’re doing this and we can get tested to see before we go home,” she added.

So far, the University’s positivity rate has stayed steady at about 8 percent. Below the 12 percent statewide rate.

“I think everybody needs to be vigilant right now and take care of each other and do the best you know so that way we can look out for each other. It’s not about them and us it’s about us all together,” said Miculka.

Appointments are mandatory at the maroon kiosks on campus now, but there are still some time slots available next week. The next free public testing in Brazos County isn’t scheduled until after Thanksgiving.

No one from Texas A&M administration was available for an on-camera interview Friday, but Dr. Martha Dannenbaum with Student Health Services said they are testing several thousand a week. She said in the last week they’ve also seen an increase in people wanting to be tested.

If you are an A&M student and want to make an appointment, click here.

If you are part of the general public and want to make an appointment, click here.

Testing is available to students and the public at three maroon kiosks located on various parts of campus.

Maroon Kiosks (students and public)

  • Aggie Express Commons
  • Mays Business School
  • Rudder Fountain

Testing Days

  • Nov. 21: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: No testing
  • Nov. 23: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 25: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 26: No testing
  • Nov. 27: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more student testing information, click here.

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