Benedictine College to Implement COVID-19 Testing

Benedictine College to Implement COVID-19 Testing

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(Atchison, Kan.) – Aug. 7, 2020    Benedictine College announced today that it has completed an agreement with an area laboratory that will allow mass testing on its campus without impacting testing supplies within the city. The agreement with Clinical Reference Laboratory in Lenexa, Kan., provides adequate testing for all students returning to campus. The tests are free to the students and are saliva-based.

“We are pleased to be able to announce this agreement, which will help Benedictine College develop an understanding of the virus on our campus,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis. “This is a major step in combating COVID-19.”

The tests will be conducted as supervised self-collection tests administered during the first day on campus as students return in a staggered move-in schedule over the next 10 days. The college has stated that this is only one step and does not replace continued adherence to CDC guidelines like wearing face coverings, maintaining distance, and good hygiene. Students who test positive will go into the quarantine protocol and will go home to recover, if possible.

Benedictine College announced its Raven Safety Plan on July 29. That comprehensive plan for a safe return to campus in the fall includes broad guidelines for mitigation, identification and care across all areas of the institution.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named in the Top 10 in the Midwest of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.