Florence, South Carolina 2020-11-19 22:00:31 –
Columbia, South Carolina (WSPA) — At Thanksgiving a week later, students at the University of South Carolina are preparing to go home for a vacation.
School officials have confirmed that they are taking steps to protect themselves and others during this holiday season.
Hundreds of students took advantage of the free saliva test provided by the school. UofSC staff expanded the COVID-19 test prior to the Thanksgiving break.
Tyler Trahan took the COVID-19 test on Thursday. “I want to see my grandma miss her very much,” said a freshman at UofSC.
Schools have encouraged students like Trahan to go home and visit their families to take the exam. Trahan said: “The last thing I want to do is expose and endanger my family. I’m just trying to do my part.”
Dr. Deborabeck is UofSC’s Vice President of Health and Wellness and Executive Director of Student Medical Services. She said the school extended their test time. “Many of them are already in good health and may go home to a family member who is meeting their grandparents.”
Dr. Beck said the number of students coming out to take the test has calmed down a bit over the past few weeks. It changed the last few days Beck said.
“I’ve seen the demand actually increase. I’m seeing more and more students coming to take the test. There have been more than 800 students in the last few days,” she said. Told.
According to Dr. Beck, UofSC is currently capable of performing up to 2000 tests per day. Students like freshman Ulrik Mazarguil said they would take advantage of it. “I care about myself, but I care more about my parents. They are the ones most likely to be affected by it.”
The rest of the University of South Carolina fall semester classes will be virtual after the Thanksgiving break.
According to the university website, they currently have 72 active COVID-19 cases between students and faculty.
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