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COVID-19 June 9 Update

SAU Community, 

Spring Arbor University will partner with Garcia Laboratory in Jackson, Michigan, for COVID-19 testing for SAU students and employees as they begin to return to our Spring Arbor campus.

SAU will offer the FDA-approved Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Immunoglobulin (IgG) Antibody tests. The PCR test boasts a 99 percent accuracy rate of whether the virus is currently present. The PCR test is a swab of the nostril rather than the more invasive nasopharyngeal procedure.

SAU is requesting that employees at the Spring Arbor campus be tested prior to their return to work, utilizing the Garcia testing kits. Testing kits will be sent to Garcia labs that same day and the university will receive results within 24 hours. SAU will then communicate test results with SAU employees. SAU employees will be asked to complete a daily health screening prior to reporting for work.

SAU will provide testing for current and incoming students, which will occur immediately prior to the start of the fall semester. SAU students will resume face-to-face instruction for the fall semester, which is scheduled to commence in late August.

SAU will also offer group testing dates throughout the summer to meet the needs of athletic teams and other large groups who may be returning to campus. 

SAU is committed to the health and safety of our employees and has developed a phased approach to bring employees back on campus for in-person operations throughout the rest of the summer. HR will be providing an employee return to work protocol plan, as well as additional information regarding testing for students and employees. If you have immediate questions please contact SpringArborHR@arbor.edu