University of California San Diego launched a program designed to make coronavirus testing available for the more than 5,000 students who continue to reside on the UC San Diego campus.
Called “Return to Learn,” Pradeep K. Khosla, UCSD Chancellor, said the initial phase will begin on 11 May.
“By testing large numbers of UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff on a recurring basis, we hope to be able to quickly identify COVID-19 infections on campus and perhaps reduce the risk of a significant outbreak,” said the Chancellor in an open letter to the academics, staff, and students.
Khosla also hoped that this initiative will serve as a template for others.
“This program is unprecedented and audacious. If successful, it could serve as a model—not only for higher education, but also for cities, counties, and states working to fight the spread of SARS-CoV-2,” he added.
“The UC San Diego Return to Learn Program represents higher education at its finest, and if successful, the program can help UC San Diego and similar institutions to do what we do best: teach, conduct leading-edge research, and provide service to our communities,” continued the Chancellor.
This initiative will be done in cooperation with a team of UC San Diego clinicians, molecular biologists, technologists, infectious disease experts, bioinformatics specialists, disease modelers, and public health experts.