“I feel more like a person”: App State hosts pop-up COVID testing

August 26, 2021

App State held its first campus-wide COVID-19 testing event Wednesday in light of students returning to in-person classes.


Wednesday’s testing event was available to all students, faculty and staff. This event also fulfilled testing requirements for unvaccinated individuals who were selected randomly for required testing.
Julia Montminy, a graduate assistant for the newly-formed Office of Community-Engaged Leadership, got tested for COVID-19 every week this summer while interning in Boston. 
“It was a really nice thing for peace of mind, so I decided to just continue with it,” Montminy said. “And if it’s free, there is no harm in doing it.” 
The COVID-19 tests from Wednesday’s testing event were self-administered by those getting tested.
This testing event was conducted roughly a week and a half after students returned to in-person classes. App State has 34 active cases of COVID-19 as of Aug. 23. Watauga County has 107 active cases as of Aug. 25, a 20 case increase from the previous day.
Maddie Packett (left) and Bronwyn Player (right) said they are getting tested because their roommate, who just tested negative for COVID-19, was feeling sick, and they wanted to play it safe. Both said they are glad to be back on campus and be in in-person classes.
“I feel more like a person,” Player said.
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