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Mandatory COVID-19 testing program ending

TWU’s mandatory COVID-19 testing program for employees and students will end Thursday, Dec. 9.

In a Dec. 3 email to faculty and staff, Jason Tomlinson, vice president for finance and administration, and Provost Carolyn Kapinus stated that the program helped identify those infected with the virus, allowing the university to offer an improved response, and led to significantly improved vaccination rates for faculty, staff, and students.

The university will continue to follow other recommended COVID-19 protocols, including reporting symptoms and exposures, contact tracing, and encouraging the wearing of masks and social distancing.

The university is monitoring the situation with the Omicron variant. At this time, there are no plans to require testing of employees and students in the spring 2022 semester; however, the university will continue to follow public health guidance and may reinstitute the program if necessary.

Tomlinson and Kapinus encouraged continued compliance through Dec. 9, adding, “we are grateful our Pioneer community bands together to keep each other safe and healthy.”

Testing may be scheduled through Dec. 9 at