STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - While testing opportunities have increased on campus, Mississippi State University (MSU) has seen a decrease in the number of positive coronavirus cases.
MSU hosted another round of testing Thursday outside the Palmeiro Center, the multi-purpose facility in which MSU football and baseball teams practice.
Students, faculty and staff attended.
“We planned to do this just for the people who were worried, or maybe they weren’t showing symptoms but thought possibly they had COVID,” said Jeremy Baham, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
MSU partnered with OCH Regional Medical Center to allow a fast and easy way for people on campus to receive testing.
OCH Public Relations Coordinator Mary Kathryn Kight said this form of testing gives patients a sense of ease.
“With MSU offering this drive-thru testing for free, that eliminates the barrier for people thinking, ‘Oh I don’t want to have to go and get tested and stay in the clinic for a long time and have to pay for it.’ With it being free, they’re able to come in, drive through, get tested within one to two minutes.”
Within the first 20 minutes on Thursday, OCH staff tested 21 different people.
MSU saw a major decline in the number of cases on campus, falling from more than 1,000 last week to around 350 cases this week.
Baham said the school is pushing to keep students and staff safe.
“We’re doing a lot of deep cleaning around the university,” he said. “As long as they’re on campus, we’re maintaining the physical distance whether that’s in line for lunch or in our classrooms. We’re requiring masks in all of our socials areas.”
Baham also credits students' commitment.