Several hundred students are selected at random each week to be tested. Random testing tracks the prevalence of COVID-19 among students who may not present any symptoms but may still spread the infection to others.
As announced on August 25, Wake Forest University will randomly test several hundred students each week to track the prevalence of COVID-19 among students who may not present any symptoms but may still spread the infection to others. Testing the asymptomatic student population will help inform decisions about University operating levels and public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (see sample invitation)
The test is required and will be administered on campus at no cost to students.
Wake Forest has partnered with BioReference to administer these tests.
Enter the testing location from Parking Lot X (see map), located at the corner of Wake Forest Road and Carroll Weathers Drive and across the street from the Worrell Professional Center. Parking is available for students getting tested.
The actual testing will take place under tents on the tennis and basketball courts outside of Palmer and Piccolo Residence Halls (No. 48 on the campus map), but the only access is from Parking Lot X. In the event of inclement weather, testing will be moved to the top floor of the former Anthropology Museum (No. 29 on the campus map). Signs will direct students to the appropriate location upon arrival.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about random testing of undergraduate and graduate students can be answered in several ways:
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- An online form
- University Call Center: (336) 758-7500 (typically staffed M-F and some weekends from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eastern)
Requests for an exemption to random testing may be submitted here (please see the FAQ below about exemptions).
Please refrain from contacting Student Health Service about testing policy or processes so that medical staff remain available to address personal health issues.