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Unvaccinated undergraduate students will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon returning to campus following Thanksgiving break.

All unvaccinated undergraduate students must be tested for COVID-19 after returning to campus from Thanksgiving break, according to an email sent to the Gonzaga student body on Nov. 9 by Kent Porterfield, vice provost of student affairs.

“There is always slightly more concern when people are traveling, and we want to make sure that no one is bringing something home to family or back to campus,” Porterfield said. 

Prior to Thanksgiving break, students who are unvaccinated, have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms are encouraged to get tested before heading home to family and friends.

Vaccinated individuals with no symptoms do not need to be tested prior to break or following break as long as they do not develop new symptoms.  

Unvaccinated undergraduate students are required to be tested following Thanksgiving break between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4. This requirement does not apply to graduate students.

On-campus testing is available at Health and Counseling Services at 704 E. Sharp Ave. between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling (509) 313-4052 during the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. 

According to the email, failure to comply with post-Thanksgiving testing may impact a student’s enrollment status.

Unvaccinated individuals will receive more information through email about COVID-19 testing requirements. 

“We are trying to make it as easy as possible for students to get tested, there’s a lot of options,” said Taylor Jordan, COVID-19 Action Response Team coordinator.

Post-Thanksgiving testing through Health and Counseling Services is reserved for students who are unvaccinated, have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms.

There are at-home tests and local COVID-19 testing sites available for students if they would like to be tested but do not qualify for the on-campus testing through the health center.

Spokane Falls Community College is offering free drive up testing on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3410 W. Whistalks Way. 

For a full list of at-home testing kits, students can visit the Spokane Regional Health District's website.

While students are home, Porterfield and Jordan said that practicing good hygiene will be key.

“Wear your mask, wash your hands, and try to gather safely with family and friends to limit exposure,” Jordan said.

Many students see older family members and relatives around the Thanksgiving holiday, so the school’s goal is to create accessible resources for students to stay safe and keep their family healthy. 

The GU COVID-19 hotline will be available for students who have questions about the testing options around Thanksgiving break. The hotline phone number is (509) 313–7070 and can be reached from Nov. 15 through Dec. 4. 

More information can be found at

Alise Hartz is a contributor.

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