BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston University will begin to perform its own COVID-19 tests on campus this fall.
Catherine Klapperich is a professor of biomedical engineering in BU's College of Engineering, as well as director of the BU Precision Diagnostics Center. She said self-testing kits will be distributed to students and staff.
"Test collection kits would be sent to students in their dorms, potentially the faculty in their offices," Klapperich said. "Those kits would contain several collection kits for either nasal swab samples or saliva samples."
Specialized robots will help speed up the test results, as the tests are expected to be performed regularly.
"For students that are living in more close conditions, dorms who have a double, and live in the same room with someone and also share a bathroom with several other people, those people would get tested likely at least once a week, and potentially more," Klapperich said.
Tests will be free of charge.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports