EKU to Offer Free COVID Testing for Students


Eastern Kentucky University has announced that they will be providing free testing and contact tracing for EKU students for COVID-19 in the weeks ahead. 
EKU says this is particularly important for the student population in identifying cases without symptoms, or those who might have been unknowingly exposed over winter break activities or travel. EKU has partnered with Wild Health to offer free COVID-19 testing for students at their Richmond campus.
Testing will take place at the old Fitness and Wellness Center located at 902 Paul Van Hoose Drive (next to Roy Kidd Stadium). The drive through location will be in the employee parking lot on the east side of the building, and the entrance to the indoor testing will be located on the same side of the building.  Parking for the indoor testing will be in the Van Hoose commuter parking lot directly in front of the Fitness and Wellness Center.  Testing will be provided from the hours of 10AM to 4PM from January 14th through January 19th.
Appointments may be made online. Results will be sent by email to each student after your test has been processed. Wild Health reserves the right to adjust the schedule based on student interest.
While not mandatory, EKU says that it is highly encouraged that residential students, students enrolled for in-person courses, and all students participating in on-campus activities or student employment be tested for COVID-19 prior to or upon their return to campus. Students are urged to continue to schedule testing if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. These pre-semester screenings are intended for those who are well and seek the confidence of “peace of mind” testing. 
EKU officials want to remind students to take note of the symptoms of COVID-19 and do not attend school, work or campus activities if they could be sick or have been recently exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 who is considered a close contact. Anyone with suspected illness or exposure is encouraged to continue using the EKU COVID-19 self-monitoring form.