TCU expands campus testing sites for spring semester


In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, registered nurses swab patients during testing for COVID-19 organized by Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers at Mifflin Square Park, in south Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

By Benton McDonald

TCU students, faculty and staff will have more ways to be tested for COVID-19 on-campus this spring.

Curative will continue operating the testing site located across the street from the BrownLupton University Union, which is open to the TCU community and the general public. The site opened in November as part of an effort to test students before winter break.

In addition, Curative is opening a TCU-only testing site inside the BLUU on January 12.

The testing options were announced in a university email to students and faculty Wednesday.

Curative’s tests are free and contactless. They can be scheduled on the companies website.

Along with the two on-campus Curative sites, the Brown-Lupton Health Center will also be offering tests to students.

TCU will not be requiring entry testing for students.

“While we don’t require entry testing, we do ask that you test if you have symptoms, so we can protect our friends and neighbors,” the email said. “And if you’re sick, STAY HOME until you’re well enough to rejoin the community.”

The university also announced that quarantine duration has been reduced to 10 days from 14, in accordance with updated CDC guidelines.

The announcements came a week after TCU received and distributed its first 100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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There is no timeline for when the university expects to receive more vaccine shipments. They plan to offer vaccines to all students, faculty and staff as they are delivered.

The first day of the semester is Tuesday January 19.