UK says students who get COVID tests off-campus must report positive results

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – University of Kentucky officials have been tracking COVID-19 numbers since the start of the semester, and now they’re asking students to help with reporting those numbers.

Officials sent out an email this week explaining that students who are tested off-campus and test positive for COVID-19 must report their results to UK Health Corps.

“It’s important information that we need to know at the university in order to have a strong sense of where our positive cases are and be able then to follow up with that with wraparound support and services,” said Lance Poston, co-project lead of UK Health Corps.

This goes for any student who comes to campus, including those who live off-campus.

Officials say the type of COVID-19 test does not matter. They’re asking students to provide documentation of their positive results. Those who have not received documentation must still report their positive status immediately.

In the past few weeks, university officials have also spoken out against large student gatherings, both on and off-campus. Officials say most students are following CDC guidelines, but there have been some violations.

“Obviously they made the student code of conduct a little bit stricter so if you are caught partying, you have a lot bigger repercussions,” student Sydney Nichols. “I think that incentive alone is stopping kids. They’re like, ‘I don’t want to pay this much money,’ like it’s not worth it.”

UK officials have asked members of the community and students to report any CDC violations they encounter.

Officials say students and organizations in violation of safety protocols could face disciplinary action ranging from verbal warnings to removal from campus.

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