UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA’S PROACTIVE COVID-19 TESTING STRATEGY PAYS OFF

Background

UNF’s goal for the 2020-21 school year was to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining a safe and healthy campus environment. They knew to get students and athletics back on campus, and in training safely, they needed a proactive approach to COVID-19 testing that was both fast and accurate. The administration was confident that Gravity Diagnostics would be the right partner to execute their plan.

Outcome

UNF implemented their COVID-19 testing plan with Gravity Diagnostics. Gold standard PCR testing was implemented on campus in late July 2020 and was offered for students and staff returning for the school year. At UNF, testing was a crucial element in identifying students and staff who were infected with COVID-19. This was especially helpful since many were asymptomatic. All students, faculty, and staff were offered testing at least weekly, and for many students, it was required before checking into on-campus residence or athletic competition. Since fast and accurate testing was available throughout the year, UNF successfully mitigated the virus’ spread on campus and maintained a low infectious rate for the campus community. Classrooms did not have to be closed, events did not have to be canceled, and most importantly, students were healthy, and their education was not interrupted. UNF has tested over 12,000+ COVID-19 tests and took the student population positivity rate from 13% down to under 1%. UNF will continue to use Gravity Diagnostics for their COVID-19 testing response team and could become their go-to lab when in need of mass testing for infectious disease.

“ The entire staff of Gravity Diagnostics have been extremely professional and helpful during our planning and implementation of UNF’s mass COVID testing campaign”. -Dr. Doreen Perez, COVID-19 Healthcare Coordinator at UNF

About Gravity Diagnostics

Gravity Diagnostics is a full-service state-of-the-art CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory licensed in all 50 states providing innovative laboratory testing in the areas of COVID-19, Upper Respiratory, Toxicology, Pharmacogenomics, and Sexually Transmitted Infections. We are an advocate for physicians, patients, and our communities, supporting them with unsurpassed integrity, regulatory compliance, and clinical expertise. We currently serve over 1,000 customers from small private practices to universities to Fortune 500 companies. Learn more about us at gravitydiagnostics.com.

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