After completing more than 130,000 COVID-19 mitigation tests since the academic year started in August, Indiana University is ramping up its testing operation as it welcomes students back for the in-person portion of the spring semester. IU President Michael A. McRobbie stopped by Garrett Fieldhouse Jan. 30, the first day of on-arrival testing for students returning to the Bloomington campus.
IU has set a goal of conducting 50,000 mitigation tests each week for the spring, where specific groups of faculty, staff and students undergo testing. This means people will be selected for testing more often than they were during the fall semester. The university processes most of the tests in its Pandemic Response Laboratories, located in Bloomington and at the IU School of Medicine on the IUPUI campus (watch McRobbie discuss the labs' impact).
Running one of the most robust, successful university testing programs in the country has required the expertise of faculty and staff across disciplines and campuses. Students also play an important role, with about 250 working at on-campus testing sites.
IU will also soon help bolster the state's effort to vaccinate Hoosiers against COVID-19. IU Bloomington is working with county and local government officials to finalize its plans to open a public vaccination site on campus where it will administer free COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with the state's eligibility requirements.