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CWU’S COVID-19 Welcome Back Student Testing results are in: only 7 positive cases

Central Washington University’s recent Welcome Back COVID-19 Testing event, which tested more than 3,000 students for the virus, uncovered only 7 positive test results, according to Dr. Carylin Holsey, CWU’s medical director of Student Health Services.

“These numbers are better than we could have imagined,” Dr. Holsey said. “While we don’t want any positive COVID-19 cases, this is still a very low number.”

All test results have been communicated to students by Dr. Holsey. Students who tested positive continue to be isolated until they are cleared by the CWU Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team, in conjunction with the Kittitas County Public Health Department.

Dr. Holsey said the purpose of the student testing was to screen the general student body in order to get a better idea about the current COVID-19 status and baseline on campus, as part of the university’s comprehensive plan for minimizing the spread of the virus.

“Dr. Holsey and her staff had a heavy lift in testing more than 3,000 students earlier this month and are to be commended for their efforts,” noted Gregg Heinselman, CWU’s Dean of Student Success. “These test results are a testament to the fact our students are doing a good job of following the health and safety guidelines, such as wearing facial coverings, washing their hands, and maintaining social distancing, which are helping to control the spread of the virus.”

Dr. Holsey noted that the university will continue with the plan of regular random testing of students throughout the quarter.

Additional information about the university’s testing or campus COVID-19 safety can be found at CWU Together, COVID-19 Updates, and the Testing and Immunization webpages.