University announces free testing for asymptomatic students

Testing offered on Tuesday in Wink Arena; students showing symptoms encouraged to go to Spectrum Health Hospital

Ferris is offering 200 free COVID-19 testing appointments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 in Wink Arena.

Wink Arena will be turned into a free testing center on Tuesday, Sept. 22 for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff. Photo by Torch Staff

The announcement was made by Dean of Student Life Joy Pulsifer on Monday morning. The tests are available for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff who want a voluntary test. The testing is not available to symptomatic students, only those who are asymptomatic. Students who are symptomatic are instructed in the email to self-isolate, complete the online symptom checker and follow up with Birkam Health Center for screening and a referral to get testing at Spectrum Health Center.

Ferris will pay for this round of testing and all tests are self-administered nasal swab PCR tests. Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours and negative cases will be reported via email. Students who test positive will be contacted by Birkam Health Center.

Pulsifer also says in the email that Ferris will conduct “ongoing, risk-stratified and random COVID-19 testing throughout the fall semester.” As of Monday, Sept. 21, the university has tested all residential students at move-in, all student athletes and a second round for the students in residence halls with a higher prevalence of COVID-19 positive cases. The residence halls with higher prevalence of positive cases were not disclosed.

If you want to schedule a test, visit Pulsifer recommends in the email to sign up in advance for the hour slot that fits in your schedule and show up 20 minutes prior to your appointment.