Troy University participates as GuideSafe testing site

Troy testing site is available for Troy students and other college students who live in the area
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 6:04 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - As of today 14 student testing sites are available around Alabama. Troy University is one of those sites, serving not only Troy students but students from other two- or four-year institutions who live in this area. The site is at the Elm Street Gym, on the corner of Elm Street and Veterans Memorial Drive right across from the sorority houses.

“We are participating and encouraging our students to participate in getting tested through the GuideSafe program,” said Dean of Student Services at Troy University, Herbert Reeves

Laquesha Smith is a student at Auburn University at Montgomery. Students at AUM are required to get tested upon returning to campus. Smith said the testing process was smooth.

“I’m a little nervous, but since we got tested, I mean I’m a little bit comfortable I mean now,” Smith said. “Just got to hope for the best.”

This is what students should expect when arriving to the testing site -

“They will come in, they will do the self-test, they will package it back up and give it back to one of the medical professionals who will in turn process it. They process each day, the specimens they’ve collected,” Dean Reeves said.

Dean Reeves said the university is implementing a combination of protocols to help maintain a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and administrators.

“This is one of many things that I think will ensure you know us being as safe as we can be you know simply by people testing, people wearing masks, people following social distancing in group gatherings,” Dean Reeves said.

Testing is not required for Troy University students but it is highly recommended.

“I’m still very cautious about everything but with the guidelines set in place by Troy, I feel like it will be a pretty safe environment,” said Troy student Ashlyn Diamond.

While some are comforted by the testing sites, others wish it were mandatory.

“I do not feel safe with the testing because it is not mandatory and so i feel like those who don’t want to get tested can be walking around positive and infecting people so,” said Jasmyn Hines, Troy University student.

Most believe the safest option though is to take advantage of the testing sites.

“Get tested if you can because it will be better for everyone in the long run,” Diamond said.

Students register through their school email to get tested at a site near them.

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