Purdue University partnered with Rutgers University and Vault Health to test all incoming students for COVID-19 before the arrive on campus next month. Image provided by Purdue University
Purdue University partnered with Rutgers University and Vault Health to test all incoming students for COVID-19 before the arrive on campus next month. Image provided by Purdue University
WEST LAFAYETTE — Testing every incoming Purdue University student for COVID-19 before the school year starts in August is a daunting challenge, and the university announced Friday how it planned to do it.

Purdue partnered with Rutgers University and Vault Health to administer saliva tests from the students' homes.

Students will receive a test kit in the mail and will schedule online medical supervision from Vault Health to complete the test. The test, which is FDA approved, is performed in the privacy of the student's home.

“The logistics of testing all students coming back to campus with enough time to turn around test results before their arrival meant we had to collaborate with partners capable of overcoming these challenges,” said David Broecker, chief innovation and collaboration officer at Purdue Research Foundation and implementation leader for the overall Protect Purdue Plan.

“Vault Health and Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics lab are among the best at what they do. This is what we wanted for our students,” he said in a Purdue News Service report.
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