“We are pleased to provide this new testing service to all public colleges and universities across our state. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Governor Ivey and her team to bring this project forward and help Alabama’s citizens during this unprecedented time.” — UA System Chancellor Finis St. John

Governor Kay Ivey announced two programs that will provide robust COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring, as well as notification of exposure to COVID-19, initially to public institutions of higher education.

The program GuideSafe Opens in a new window will be implemented by a coalition led by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Opens in a new window. The platforms will support public institutions of higher education to enhance safety on campus during the pandemic, and may later support businesses and other entities.

More than $750,000 in CARES Act money will fund the Testing for Alabama initiative and will enable every college student attending a public four-year and two-year college an opportunity to be tested prior to reentry to campus.

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