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OU enters renewed contract with CVS to provide asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

Ohio University announced Friday that it has entered into a new contract with CVS to provide asymptomatic testing to students.

Carly Leatherwood, a university spokesperson, said testing through Vault Health replaced CVS testing after the 2020 Spring Semester. Leatherwood said the renewed partnership with CVS was a result of some individuals having difficulty producing saliva for the Vault tests. 

Vault testing will remain OU’s main asymptomatic testing program for regular testing, according to a university news release. The CVS test will be provided to students and faculty free of charge, with electronic results available 30 minutes after the test is completed. 

Gillian Ice, special assistant to the president for public health operations, said the CVS test will be used for wide-net testing. According to the release, wide-net testing is used when a specific group of individuals are exposed to others who have tested positive for COVID-19 .


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