Sacred Heart creates 'scent tents' to help students recognize COVID symptoms faster

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield has created 10 "scent tents" around campus to help students recognize COVID-19 symptoms faster.

News 12 Staff

Sep 29, 2020, 7:10 PM

Updated 1,352 days ago

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Sacred Heart University in Fairfield has created 10 "scent tents" around campus to help students recognize COVID-19 symptoms faster.
Officials say since one of the symptoms of COVID-19 is loss of smell, the tents are decorated with flowers that will allow students to recognize the symptom.
Officials say if a student can't smell the flowers inside of the tent, then they should contact campus health services where they'll be able to make an appointment and get tested for COVID-19.
The "scent tents" are just one new addition to COVID-19 protocols already in place on campus.
Students and staff members' temperatures are taken daily, and daily health checks are also conducted.
The university says it has also partnered with Physician One to ramp up testing.
The goal is to test 25% of the undergraduate population this week, and 50% of the undergrad population next week and throughout the rest of the semester.
That includes testing those with symptoms and random testing.
University officials also say cases are starting to go down with around 109 active cases currently.
The university has partnered with Yale to administer saliva tests as well, which will yield faster results. Those will be administered soon.


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