BUCKHANNON, WV – With the Spring 2021 Semester underway, West Virginia Wesleyan College announced today that, with support from the State of West Virginia, it has expanded on-campus testing to ensure that each student receives a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test within seven days of arriving on campus. In addition, following the on-campus PCR test, Wesleyan will undertake surveillance testing to monitor the campus community.
“The College continues to work to slow the spread of COVID-19 and are taking extra measures to keep our students, faculty and staff safe and healthy,” said John Bohman, Director of Campus Safety and Security at West Virginia Wesleyan. “Slowing the spread of COVID-19 requires all of us to do our part – from social distancing to good hand hygiene to wearing a mask. I encourage every member of our campus community to join us and mask up.”
These testing protocols follow Wesleyan’s requirement of students to provide a negative COVID-19 test before arriving on campus for the Spring 2021 Semester.
Bohman reported that, because of the required negative COVID-19 test prior to students arriving to campus, Wesleyan was able to identify 43 positive COVID-19 cases, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
“The College’s negative COVID-19 test requirement has undoubtedly helped slow the spread of this virus by identifying cases before a student arrived on campus,” Bohman said. “We have to keep our guard up and continue to follow the health guidelines.”
The College will make real-time updates on its website – wvwc.edu – for both active and recovered COVID-19 cases. Students who are on campus and have questions or think they may have COVID-19, should text Wesleyan’s COVID-19 Response Hotline: (304) 473-8274.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.