UVA expands asymptomatic saliva testing to employees on grounds

University of Virginia
University of Virginia
Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 7:37 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia took another big step in its COVID-19 testing efforts.

Full-time employees actively working on grounds are now eligible for its voluntary asymptomatic virus testing program using saliva. The saliva tests take only about 10 minutes to complete and results typically come out within 72 hours.

“By testing more people we’re able to catch cases early, eliminate opportunities for the virus to spread, keep people safe, and be able to operate the university,” UVA Spokesperson Brian Coy said. “It allows these employees to do their jobs in a way that’s healthy and safe for them and for the people around them.”

UVA plans to release a new app soon for students and employees to schedule these saliva testing appointments. It is only meant for those who are asymptomatic.

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