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UofL to require mandatory COVID-19 testing for all on-campus students, faculty

Beginning on Monday, individuals on campus are required to get tested by Sept. 4. UofL has offered free testing at a number of locations since the semester started.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville is making COVID-19 tests mandatory for all students and faculty on campus. 

In an email, the university said they are pivoting from at-will to mandatory testing to ensure they are controlling any spread on campus. 

Starting Aug. 24, all on-campus students, faculty and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 test. 

To specify on who the testing is required for, UofL says faculty who have a presence on campus, staff who are working on campus and students who reside in campus or affiliated housing and attend in-person classes are all required. 

Students taking only online classes are still highly encouraged to get tested.

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The deadline to get tested is Sept. 4. The university says that if an individual has already tested positive for the virus they are exempt. 

The university launched an online dashboard to share the overall testing results. The dashboard, which is updated every Tuesday, shows that of the 2,621 tested, 53 tested positive.

UofL has offered free testing to all students, faculty and staff since the semester began last week.

Testing is available at a number of locations on campus and is open Monday through Friday. 

Individuals required free testing can register online for free by clicking here.

For additional information on UofL's COVID-19 response, click here.

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