CSU to provide students free COVID-19 testing later this week

Serena Bettis

The Colorado State University Pandemic Preparedness Team announced in an email Tuesday night that the University will offer free COVID-19 testing to students Aug. 27 and 28. 

Testing will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at two pop-up tents located near Allison Hall and Academic Village. 


“Any student is eligible to get tested,” the email said. “In particular, we recommend students get tested if you believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.”

To receive a test, students must register on the Biodesix portal with their personal information and student ID. Students can either pre-register or register on their smartphones at the time of the test by scanning a QR code, the email said. 

The email noted that the University is now entering phase 2 of the testing plan after successfully testing over 7,300 people last week. CSU has reported 11 positive COVID-19 tests since Aug. 17. 

Students who cannot make the testing times this week can contact the CSU Health Network or visit the Larimer County free testing site. 

The email also reported that the “quarantine, self-isolating and contact tracing systems are working well.” 

“While this is wonderful news, we cannot let our guard down as we know from the experience of other universities that outbreaks can occur suddenly and impact university operations,” the email read. “As we shared last week, each test reflects a moment in time, and exposure can happen at any time, so it’s important to continue testing.”

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb.