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'Behind the Blue': UK’s Fall Restart and Ambitious Plan to Test Over 30,000 Students for COVID-19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2020) — The University of Kentucky has announced detailed plans for testing up to 30,000 students for COVID-19 as part of its plan to restart in-class instruction Aug. 17.

The testing details are the first in a series of announcements UK will be making over the next few weeks regarding steps being taken to protect the health, safety and well-being of the campus community as it prepares for the Fall 2020 semester.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Tyler Gayheart, director of strategic communications and enterprise salesforce operations; Nick Kehrwald, UK’s dean of students; and UK Police Chief Joe Monroe join us to discuss this announcement and the testing plans that will attempt to create a baseline of screening, contact tracing and other health measures for the UK community.

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