URI implements mandatory coronavirus testing for all students


SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The University of Rhode Island (URI) announced Monday that all on- and off-campus students are required to be tested for the coronavirus.

The purpose of the mandatory testing is to establish a baseline data set and assess the overall health of the student body, the university said.

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call URI Health Services at (401) 874-2246 to schedule a test and telehealth appointment.

For asymptomatic students, testing sites will be set up outside the Memorial Union and Ryan Center.

URI has a COVID-19 tracker that shows daily updates on testing rates, which shows that as of Sunday, 184 people overall have tested positive for the virus since January.

After 2,088 tests were administered the week of September 28, the university reported 66 positive cases, meaning a 3% positive test rate.

As of Oct. 4, nearly 500 people were reported to be in isolation or quarantine at URI.

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