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NC State requiring COVID-19 test before return to campus

The decision comes after more than 1,000 cases forced the school to move mostly to remote classes during the fall semester.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Students, faculty and staff at North Carolina State University will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus in the spring. 

WNCN reports the school announced the new policy last Friday. The decision comes after more than 1,000 cases forced the school to move mostly to remote classes during the fall semester.

Those returning to campus will be required to get tested three to five days before the semester starts. Anyone who refuses to comply can face disciplinary action.

The school also plans to expand its testing capabilities as it expects several thousand students and staff members to be tested every week.

FACTS NOT FEAR

Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the safety measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Abide by the three W's. That means wearing a mask, washing your hands, and waiting at least six feet from another person. You also want to avoid touching your face and make sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away.

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