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Dear Campus Community,

We are pleased to announce that the South Dakota Department of Health continues to fund the enhanced USD Sentinel Testing program; in addition to inviting randomly selected faculty, staff and students to be tested, USD now welcomes up to 100 volunteers per week to participate in the program. With the support of the South Dakota Department of Health, we are able to offer this test at no charge. All students, staff and faculty are eligible to be tested if you:

  1. Are currently non-symptomatic
  2. Have not had a positive test within the past 90 days
  3. Normally work or attend school on the Vermillion campus.

If you are interested in volunteering for this test, please report to Sanford Vermillion drive-thru testing today or tomorrow, between 2 – 3:30 p.m. Explain you are voluntarily participating in the USD Sentinel Testing program. We will only be able to test about 100 volunteers per week, so please get there early if you are interested.

The location has changed to the Walker Street Ambulance Bay. (This is located on the east side of Sanford.) From Main Street, please drive south on Plum Street, turn left and go east on Jane Street, and then left again to go north along Walker Street.

You may be asking yourself why you would voluntarily subject yourself to a test that if positive, requires you to isolate for a period of time. The answer: You will be truly benefiting your friends, family, fellow students, faculty, colleagues and your community. It is one of the most genuine, altruistic gestures you can do!


Tim Ridgway, M.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the Sanford School of Medicine
University of South Dakota
COVID-19 Task Force