Members of the Muskingum University campus community lined up early in the morning at the Anne C. Steele Rec Center on Nov. 19 to participate in voluntary COVID testing offered by the University in partnership with the Ohio National Guard. The free event, which was scheduled at the end of the fall semester as students prepared to head home for finals week and the holiday break, was attended by more than 200 people.
“This was another important safety measure the University implemented to help ensure the continued health and well-being of all Muskies and their families as students wrap up their fall semester and return home,” said Muskingum University President Dr. Susan S. Hasseler.
When asked, senior Joce McBurney-Bell, who was one of the first people in line to get tested, indicated she participated in the testing event to protect her family and friends.
“Because I am exposed to the public more frequently than my family at home, I have the potential to be asymptomatic and unknowingly endanger those I care about. It was important for me to participate to protect my loved ones at home who are at high risk,” Joce said.
Participants moved efficiently during the five-hour event from registration through testing with the help of several Muskingum volunteers and the expert team of professionals from the Ohio National Guard.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success, and thanks to all Muskies who participated. Have a wonderful, and safe, holiday break!