Committee gives IU reopening recommendations, COVID-19 testing available

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Ind. (WEHT) — A committee has given recommendations to Indiana University on how to safely re-open the school.

The report says in-person classes can happen in some capacity with physical distancing and physical barriers in areas where people can’t stand 6 feet apart.

The committee also encourages face masks to be worn and hand sanitizer to be provided in all buildings.

This is not the final word on what classes will look like — just recommendations.

Any member of the IU community who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 can access a comprehensive process through One.IU that will screen, review and, whenever medically appropriate, test students, staff and faculty for the virus.

This service begins with a web-based IU Health COVID-19 Symptom Checker, a virtual assistant that screens and reviews symptoms using artificial intelligence to determine next steps. If the virtual assistant determines that further screening is required, individuals will be referred to the IU Health Virtual Screening Clinic, which is also accessible through the web 24/7. There they will have a consultation with a medical professional who will review their symptoms. Should it be determined that the person needs a COVID-19 virus test, they will be referred for the collection of samples for testing to one of 15 different IU or IU Health locations across the state of Indiana in the following cities:

  • Bloomington
  • Indianapolis
  • Columbus
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Gary
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • New Albany
  • Richmond
  • South Bend
  • Terre Haute

These locations will ensure that all members of the IU community on IU campuses and facilities anywhere in the state have close and immediate access to a site for sample collection. They will all be operational on or just after June 1. Test results are usually available in 24-36 hours.

Should a person receive a positive COVID-19 test, they will be directed to self-isolate for an appropriate period. Contact tracing will be required using the procedures established by the Indiana State Department of Health. During the contact-tracing process, persons potentially exposed will be provided additional resources and information. There are additional IU Health services available through One.IU for the management of COVID-19.

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