The University of Evansville (UE) will be offering free, rapid-result COVID-19 tests to students returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The tests will be available to students beginning on Monday, Nov. 23. Students will need to register on UE's website to make an appointment for testing.
Testing will be offered on-campus through Wednesday, Nov. 25 to students who are planning to return home for Thanksgiving break. For those who will remain on campus until the end of the semester, testing will be made available in mid-December.
If a student receives a positive test result, they will need to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at a local medical facility to confirm the original result. Students will also need to self-isolate when returning home.
UE says that the Indiana State Department of Health has made "Abbot BinaxNOW" rapid-result COVID-19 testing kits available at no charge to higher education institutions across the state, allowing the University to offer those tests to its students for free.
Unlike a deep nasal swab, the BinaxNOW is a less invasive test that only swabs the inside tip of the nostril.
According to UE, the results of the antigen test are available approximately 15-30 minutes after the test is administered and can be delivered to students via the NAVICA mobile app.
Students can find complete information about the rapid-result testing and register for an appointment on UE's website.