Lab Issues Force COVID Retesting At Fairfield University

August 25, 2020 - 11:41 am
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Fairfield University is retesting students and staff
for the new coronavirus after school officials discovered that some previous
test results might have been erroneous or sent to the wrong patients.
 In a statement to the school community, Fairfield officials said they will no
longer use that lab and are advising anyone who has already taken a saliva test
for the school to disregard their results.
 The school said it has brought in 35 rapid testing machines from Abbot
Laboratory and will be retesting members of the school community on site with
swap tests that will give results in 15 minutes. The school said the machines
can process up to 800 tests a day.
 Students and staff also are being given the option of getting their own tests
from another provider and submitting the results to the school through its
 Students begin moving back to campus on Monday, with classes set to start on
Sept. 1.
 The school said anyone who receives a positive test result will be asked to
return home if possible. Anyone who lives further than 300 miles from the school
or can't go home for another reason will be quarantined on campus.

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