UT Proactive Community Testing program reached capacity Monday, Tuesday

Kevin Vu, News Reporter

Nasal and saliva COVID-19 tests through UT’s Proactive Community Testing program are completely booked for Tuesday, PCT program director Jessica Klima said.

The University announced last Monday that all students coming to campus must get a COVID-19 test three days prior to arriving in Austin. Students already living in Austin must get a test 72 hours before moving to their place of residence. Students already living in their housing must test three days before classes start, according to the message.

Appointments for nasal tests are currently not available from Aug. 23-25, according to the website, but Klima said she expects more appointments to open up as staff increases. Saliva tests are also not available for this week or next, according to the website. Klima said she does not know when they will be available.

“As soon as we have a clear picture of our staffing, we will be opening up more appointments,” Klima said.

Klima said an announcement on increased testing capacity should come later this week.

Availability for testing depends on how many tests staff can administer in a day, but the PCT program usually targets around 1,000 appointments each day, Klima said. The program booked  932 appointments Tuesday.

Testing for Monday also reached capacity, she said, but appointments are still available for the remainder of this week and next.

“We have seen an increased demand for testing this week, and we are working to increase capacity,” Klima said.