Transcript for College launches innovative new COVID-19 testing protocols
An innovative new covid-19 testing program is being pioneered at Delaware state university with the help of nonprofit organization testing for America. Ten other historically black colleges and universities across the country are also taking part. The goal is to serve as an example to other campuses on how to safely reopen this fall. Joining me is the president of Delaware state university, Dr. Tony Allen. Dr. Allen, thank you for being with us. Tell us about launching testing for America at your university and what it means for the students there. Thank you for having me. Testing for America is has dramatically changed our opportunity to bring more students on campus, as you know we started developing our fall reopening plan in the spring of 2020. And when we started looking at what we were able to do, we thought at the time that we could bring about 25% of our student population back on campus. With testing for America and their full testing protocol which some renowned scientists around the country we're now able to bring 75% of our student population on campus and as always they tell us, testing is necessary but not sufficient. We have a plan called together, not only a full testing protocol for our entire campus community, but also those things we know work. What is the plan if a student there tests positive for covid-19, what happens next? Well, you know, it's very important to us to recognize that those things may in fact happen, so we actually dedicated a full residence hall not only for those students who test positive but also those folks who might be around those students. We have one wing of that residence hall for quarantine and the other wing for isolation in particular and we think that will accommodate the full population of students who may become positive or may be in a touch with a student who becomes positive. Dr. Allen, you're saying that student body will be in person. Why is it so important to you that students will be physically there at your university? We represent 22% of all graduating black students and 50% of all African-American professionals around the country. We believe the disproportionate realities that affect racial disparities across the country have certainly come to the fore with respect to covid-19, so we believe that bringing our students back to a place they naturally call home is going to be very important for two reasons, one, we can keep them safe, and not interrupting their education, students coming to this particular university and I say hbcus around the country. Ensuring that as well as their safety. By doing what you're doing. Thank you so much for talking with us today. Dr. Allen, we wish you the very best. Thank you very much. Take care and stay safe. Thank you. You too.
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