FSU providing free COVID-19 testing for students, staff before semester begins

Posted at 6:18 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 18:18:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University is trying to curb the virus on campus by getting everyone tested with enough time to quarantine before classes start.

FSU is offering students and staff COVID-19 tests with no out-of-pocket costs at the Civic Center.

The university says they are even able to offer quicker results than local sites in Tallahassee because they send results over to their labs at Innovation Park, instead of shipping them out.

Their by-appointment tests have a 24- hour turnaround.

Students say it's making them feel both safe and welcome.

"The important thing is to identify who may be asymptomatic COVID patients so we have a partnership with our new lab here at FSU and Tallahassee Memorial," said Dr. James Zedaker, the director of Florida State University COVID-19 testing. "We're getting 24-hour turnaround on our lab tests so we can identify people quickly and isolate them if it's necessary."

"People here, we're going to have a very low mortality rate just because we're young and people are fit and that's a very low death rate," Steven LaBarbera said. "So I'm not afraid of it but I'm just not trying to spread it to anyone else so I'm going to be as safe as possible and social distance."

There is a big difference with this test, it's do it yourself.

People stand six-feet apart, conducting the nasal swab test with guidance from medical staff.

Appointments can be made on the university's website under COVID-19, or click here.