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Morgan State plans to have mandatory COVID-19 testing for students, staff returning to campus

Posted at 7:54 PM, Jul 30, 2020

BALTIMORE — Morgan State plans to have mandatory COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff returning to campus.

For the past month, the University has actively pursued the feasibility of a mandatory testing protocol as a component of its comprehensive reopening plan while awaiting additional guidance from State leadership.

Given the recent developments in statewide higher education preparations for the fall, MSU said a path has been cleared for them to implement its plan for mandatory testing.

Instituting a protocol for testing that requires a negative result for all returning Morgan students and employees will be MSU's first line of offense in effectively establishing a benchmark and decreasing the probability of individuals unknowingly placing others at risk.

MSU states execution of the pre-return to campus testing protocol is still being formulated.

At the same time, the University is evaluating potential partnership opportunities to conduct on-campus testing once the semester starts, in addition to the incorporation of technology and/or mobile applications to assist in monitoring and potential tracing.

The University is also establishing a COVID-19 Response Team to manage outcomes in the event positive cases emerge on campus. More details will be announced as they become available.