Students at all 11 Texas A&M System universities, including Tarleton, have quick access to free testing for COVID-19. Tarleton will receive approximately 1,300 test kits monthly. Faculty and staff without medical coverage, through the System or elsewhere, are eligible for the tests.
The free testing is expected to be available in August for those who experience symptoms or suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19. Watch for more information.
The testing — a simple, painless mouth swab — is possible thanks to an agreement negotiated with Curative Inc., a national testing company based in California. Curative has committed to giving results within 30 hours from when the sample arrives at its lab.
Curative has released more than 1.2 million test results and is processing 55,000-60,000 test kits per day. The company emphasizes that this is a turnkey operation, offering tests, shipping, processing and software that collects and expeditiously reports results.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get tested if they experience symptoms or suspect they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define close contact as being within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, beginning 48 hours before symptoms start, regardless of whether face coverings are worn.
While tests are free for students, faculty and staff who have medical coverage should be tested by their primary care physician so their insurance can cover the cost. That will make more tests available for students and employees without healthcare benefits.