Friday, October 9, 2020

Date: October 9, 2020

Yesterday much of the day was spent in arranging the Antigen Testing at the Seminary. I am grateful to the hard work of Dr. Adrienne Bravo, Vice President Jacqui Ballou, Ms. Cassandra Gravina, Mr. Reggie Gravina, and Nurse Julia Domenick. Johns 102 will become a clinic. Every week, we will be testing some 20% of the campus population. The goal is to track the health of the community closely. The moment we have evidence of an outbreak, we want to move quickly to prevent the transmission. I am pleased to report that this testing is less invasive than many forms of testing. Instead of a nasal swab, the requirement here is saliva in a test tube. Results will be known within hours. Although Antigen Testing is less reliable than PCR testing (as provided by Orig3n at the start of the semester), it is a good tool for population monitoring. It is important, however, that we treat this testing as an additional tool. As the White House (which also uses Antigen Testing) learned, you still need to wear masks and physically distance. This is not a substitute for such basic preventative measures; this is a supplement. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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