State of Ohio updates COVID guidelines and weekly testing policy

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Previously, the university required weekly testing of students living in residence halls, fraternities and sororities.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University will end its weekly COVID-19 testing requirement when the summer term begins next week.

University officials announced updated COVID-19 guidelines on Tuesday, saying students, faculty and staff who do not show symptoms will no longer be required to provide a weekly negative test starting May 9.

Previously, the university required weekly testing of students living in residence halls, fraternities and sororities. Students, faculty and staff who provided vaccine exemptions were also expected to test negative.

University officials said they encourage everyone to keep COVID-19 tests handy, adding that the Columbus campus and biomedical research tower will continue to provide PCR tests to those who need them. need.

Since issuing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement, the university has maintained a vaccination rate above 93%, officials said. Masks remain optional in most indoor spaces on campus, with the exception of clinical settings, the COVID-19 testing center and daycares.

“The university’s response to COVID-19 is always subject to change. Throughout the pandemic, the State of Ohio has followed the advice of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health as well as federal, state and local policy,” in part indicates an update from university officials.

You can read the updated guidelines on the university website.

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