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Case Western Reserve University stocks vending machines with COVID tests

Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 12:26 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Several vending machines at Case Western Reserve University have been stocked with free COVID-19 tests.

According to the university website, the vending machines include PCR and rapid antigen tests.

The university saw a need, especially for busy students in the health-science fields, who are juggling class schedules along with clinical rotations, and wanted to test but were having trouble making it to the university sponsored test sites.

Megan Koeth is the Case Western Reserve University Director of Resiliency and said the goal in offering COVID tests in campus vending machines is to the keep the campus healthy and open.

“We’re sort of at the point where we need to live with COVID, COVID is here and we have to adapt,” she said. “Our students have classes at all hours, they have clinical rotations and jobs and that was a problem that kept happening, they couldn’t make it to the testing site.”

The university had been outsourcing all of its COVID testing but that grew expensive and less than efficient, according to Koeth.

So, now, Case is handling the entire process in-house by placing what students need for a saliva test in a bio-hazard bag, with directions, in the vending machines.

Students and staff then place the completed test in a secure box, and the University lab handles the processing.

“Our goal is to keep everybody in the classroom as much as possible, in person learning, we know how important that is at all levels of education,” Koeth said.

The test kits are available only to Case students and staff and you will need a university identification card to access the vending machines.

The vending machines are available at locations listed below:

  • Biomedical Research Building
  • Fribley Commons
  • Kent Hale Smith
  • Leutner Commons
  • Peter B. Lewis Building
  • Samson Pavilion
  • Sears Building
  • Tinkham Veale University Center
  • Tomlinson Hall
  • Veale Recreation
  • Convocation and Athletic Center
  • Wade Commons

Students are asked to follow these instructions after receiving a test.

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