Students returning to UNA’s campus are required to be COVID-19 tested


FLORENCE, Ala. – Students will be required to take a COVID-19 test when returning to the University of North Alabama campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

The tests will be free through the GuideSafe™ Entry Testing initiative supported by CARES Act funding through the state of Alabama.

“In an ongoing effort to promote overall health and safety on campus as part of our comprehensive return-to-campus plan, we have partnered with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the GuideSafe™ Entry Testing initiative to provide these tests for UNA students,” said Dr. Kimberly Greenway, Vice President for Student Affairs and Chair of the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. “It’s an additional step to creating and maintaining a safe environment as the semester gets underway.”

Students have voiced their support for the free testing. “I think it really shows how the school cares about our well-being and just making sure everybody gets tested and everybody comes back negative that can be in school,” said junior, Rett Files.

“It shows that UNA and UAB have really worked hard to show how much students matter and how much the next generation means to this society and that right now, right here, we’re protecting your health and safety so you can make bigger transitions and more changes into the next coming years of your life,” said junior, Chase Glover.

According to the school, students will receive an email from in their UNA
Portal account with information about the testing program so that each student can be tested
within 14 days of their anticipated return-to-campus date. Students living in the Shoals can visit the UNA East Campus beginning August 2 to be tested. For traditional students not living in the area, GuideSafe™ has thirteen other testing sites around the state. To view those locations click here.

For additional information from UNA, click here.

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