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MANDATORY: OSU requiring coronavirus testing for on-campus residents before moving in

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Posted at 9:21 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 10:21:14-04

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University announced they are requiring students living in on-campus housing to complete a COVID-19 test before moving in.

OSU also is providing a staggered move-in schedule for students moving into on-campus housing.

Students will be assigned a specific date and time to move-in. OSU is asking students to only bring no more than two people to help with their move-in.

Officials said, "There will be no more than 850 people moving in on any given day spread throughout 31 residence halls."

Students and staff are required to wear a mask on campus when they are in public areas or outside their living residence. OSU is providing campus residents with a mask when they check into their assigned housing.

All coronavirus tests will be processed through OSU University Health. Officials said they will process them 'as quickly as possible' and are asking students to limit their interactions with others, and to isolate in their assigned housing.

There has been a multilayered response to keeping students safe in the resident halls including: installation of social distancing markers, plexiglass shields on desks, centrally located hand sanitizer stations in the halls, designated entrance and exit doors, designated up and down stairwells and new air filters installed in every air handling unit. Additional signage is being installed throughout Housing and Residential Life to remind everyone to wear a mask, wash their hands and use water fountains with caution.
OSU official press release

Officials said around 300 beds are available for quarantine. They will be assigned as needed. Students may also ask to quarantine in place.

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