South Dakota State University’s Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services has three rapid point-of-care COVID-19 testing machines in place for testing of symptomatic students. The machines are from the South Dakota Department of Health.
In addition, the state’s Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory on campus recently was certified by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to do SARS-CoV-2 testing, allowing increased testing capacity on campus. The SDSU One Health Diagnostic Laboratory is the result of a partnership between SDSU, Avera and Physicians Laboratory. The 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.
Tests conducted by the ADRDL will be done within the recently constructed Biosafety Level 3 laboratory. It will be used to confirm tests taken by the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services when an unexpected negative result occurs or if the clinic is unable to keep up with demand.
“We are thankful for the partnership with Avera and Physicians Laboratory and how everyone is working together in this viral testing strategy oriented toward the safety of our students, which is first and foremost our plan for everything concerning the fall semester,” said Daniel Scholl, SDSU vice president for research and economic development. “Dr. Jane Christopher-Hennings and her team have done exemplary work to launch the SDSU One Health Diagnostic Laboratory for this purpose, while maintaining ADRDL’s high level of services to animal health.”