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Free COVID-19 testing coming to all Texas A&M Universities

Posted at 10:16 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 19:18:30-04

Texas A&M System universities across the state of Texas will soon have free coronavirus testing available on their campuses.

The tests will be available for students, faculty, and staff of the universities.

“Ensuring the health and safety of our students is our top priority,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “Facilitating increased accessibility and availability of COVID-19 testing will help us mitigate the spread and help to protect each other by taking preventative and proactive measures.”

Each month, they plan on sending 15,000 test kits to each of the eleven A&M Universities, including Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University Kingsville.

Chancellor Sharpe worked out the deal with a national testing company based in California called Curative Inc.. The company has been providing COVID-19 testing since the beginning of the pandemic.

"Founded by Fred Turner and comprised of a team of doctors, scientists, engineers and health industry experts, the Curative test is a simple-to-use oral fluid COVID-19 test that can be rapidly scaled to enable widespread access to testing to keep our communities," said a press release from the Texas A&M University Systems.

Students may register online, and although the tests are free, insured individuals are encouraged to use their primary care physician to access the tests. This will allow those tests to be paid for by insurance.

The Texas A&M System has more than 151,000 students a year.