Interim President David McFaddin announced in an email to students on July 27 that Eastern Kentucky University will not be requiring campus-wide testing for students or employees. Instead, McFaddin encourages everyone to social distance, wear face masks and practice good hygiene.
“We will not conduct campus-wide testing of all students and employees at this time. The recommended course of action is the proper implementation of other infection preventive measures like social distancing, cloth face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection,” McFaddin said in an email.
“We are working to secure testing that will be available through Student Health Services for students who are experiencing symptoms. Although not mandatory, we encourage students to obtain a test before arriving on campus and report the results to us. Employees will have access to testing via our partners at BluMine Health,” McFaddin said.
University buildings will be regularly cleaned to follow health regulations and popular areas will be cleaned more frequently. McFaddin also said that sanitizing stations will be available to the campus community this fall.
McFaddin emphasized the importance for students to use the Self-Reporting Form if they are experiencing symptoms or have traveled to an area where the virus has spread.
“Submit the Self-Reporting Form if you have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 case or you traveled within the last 14 days to an area with ongoing community spread of the virus,” he said.
There are four basic protocols students and staff should make a habit to follow regularly. This includes wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing, noting signs around campus and evaluating one’s health, and practicing good hygiene.
Some faculty will need to return to campus due to the arrival of students. Employees will need to talk with their supervisors about their work schedules.
“For the first time since March, the arrival of students on campus will require some staff to return to their campus workstations. Many employees will continue to work remotely. Employees should contact their supervisors regarding their work schedules and locations,” McFaddin said.