ISU to begin on-campus saliva-based testing soon

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NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Illinois State University maybe a couple of weeks out from having saliva-based testing on campus.

The school is working with the University of Illinois to open a testing lab inside the science building across from Watterson Towers.

University leaders hoped to have the site up and running by now, but they’re awaiting approval from the FDA.

“The U of I is still waiting for their emergency use authorization,” said Eric Jome, ISU Spokesman. “Once the U of I does receive their FDA approval, then we can continue the process to be able to roll that saliva-based testing protocol out on campus.”

Jome said all students living on campus will be required to get tested before returning to their residence hall rooms. Those who test positive will be required to isolate according to standard health protocols.

He said university leaders are aware some may participate in large holiday celebrations, but because the semester starts Jan. 11, they’re hoping to catch those who may have the virus before they come back.

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