Here’s Why Northeastern Is Testing Everyone on the Boston Campus for the Coronavirus

As Northeastern welcomes students back to campus this fall, the university is conducting frequent testing of all students, faculty, staff, and contract workers to help control the spread of SARS CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

That massive operation, which began on Monday and has already tested more than 2,500 people, will be a crucial surveillance tool to monitor the health of everyone at Northeastern. With some exceptions, most students will need to get re-tested every five days. Faculty, staff, and contract workers will be tested on a seven-day cycle. By Aug. 29, when students start to move back to campus, the university expects to be able to test 5,000 people a day.

By screening everyone regularly and rapidly, Northeastern’s testing operation will be able to identify cases even before a person shows symptoms of being sick.

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