Letter to the Editor: Rapid Test, Delayed Response

Dear Editor,

As all students are well aware of by now, if one is attending in-person classes, one must be tested for COVID-19 within the first two weeks of this semester.

Knowing this, I made my appointment for the first day of the semester, Jan. 11, 2021, through the Testing, Contract Tracing, Quarantine section of SUU’s COVID-19 resource page. The process was simple and the test even more so. From lining up six feet apart, to the actual test, it was over within about five minutes. I left with a statement that I would receive my results by the end of the day, that I should keep an eye out, and to go about my normal college student life.

While the process was easy, the last statement turned out to be less than true. As of writing this on January 13, two days after I was supposed to receive my results, I have nothing but an empty email inbox to show.

I’m left with a massive sense of confusion as I’ve gone through every possible section of my email to find nothing but old and useless messages. I know I’m not the only student who has gone through this. My roommate is also left with the same sense of confusion as he tested only an hour after me and has also been left with no results. This isn’t the normal case; I fully understand that, as another one of our roommates also tested that day and received his negative result.

I’ve checked for a number or an email I could contact to ask about my results to no avail. I’m only left with the frequently asked questions and none of them apply to my situation. While I feel perfectly healthy it would be nice to know that I’m not a hidden spreader of this disease. As of right now, I’m left with more questions than answers and would love it if SUU could give a number to contact or have a designated person to help alleviate these issues.

Submitted by: Skyler Jones
Photo courtesy of: SUU Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine