UI adds COVID-19 testing options for student employees


The University of Iowa has added COVID-19 testing options for its student employees.

According to the school’s latest pandemic update, the UI launched a pilot program earlier this month to provide additional COVID-19 testing options for student employees whose positions require some level of socially distanced, face-to-face interactions.

The program started with resident assistants (RAs) in Housing and Dining. The testing was free for the students who volunteered to participate, and was conducted by Student Health.

The opportunity to participate was open to all RAs. To date, 15 RAs have volunteered to participate. That’s about 10% of the total number of RAs on campus. None tested positive.

University officials say they’re still assessing the feasibility of expanding surveillance testing on campus, and will continue to evaluate the pilot program to determine whether it should be expanded to other student employee groups.

In the meantime, the university will continue to test all symptomatic individuals and asymptomatic individuals with a known COVID-19 exposure.

For more information on the pilot program, see the FAQ section of the UI COVID-19 website: coronavirus.uiowa.edu.