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SDSU offers students COVID-19 drive-thru testing

South Dakota State University is offering COVID-19 drive-thru testing by appointment for SDSU students. Testing started at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The drive-thru testing is only for SDSU students who have been ordered to take a test by their health care provider. Individuals will not be able to arrive and request a test on-site.

SDSU students can be tested from 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Starting Monday, Aug. 31, tests for SDSU students will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. That schedule is planned to continue throughout the fall 2020 semester.

The drive-thru testing will take place in Lot 152, which is near Frost Arena.

The weekday samples will be tested by the SDSU One Health Diagnostic Laboratory. The weekend’s samples will be tested by the three rapid point-of-care testing machines in the SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services. The facilities could conduct approximately 1,000 tests a week under normal conditions. That amount could increase, if needed.

“We are appreciative of the efforts of many people to make these tests possible,” said Daniel Scholl, SDSU’s vice president for research and economic development. “Again, the safety of our students is first and foremost in our plan for everything concerning the fall semester.”

The SDSU One Health Diagnostic Laboratory, which was recently established within the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, was certified by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to do SARS-CoV-2 testing. The SDSU One Health Diagnostic Laboratory is the result of a partnership between SDSU, Avera and Physicians Laboratory. The SDSU One Health Diagnostic Laboratory is a service of the ADRDL specifically for SARS-CoV-2 testing. COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  

The SDSU One Health Diagnostic Laboratory is a result of ADRDL’s recently constructed Biosafety Level 3 laboratory. The SDSU One Health Laboratory greatly expands SDSU’s testing capacity and will also provide confirmatory testing when point-of-care tests return unexpected negative results.