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COVID-19 test?

College students returning to campus this fall — or heading there for the first time — have a new part of their packing list. Many colleges are requiring kids to come bearing a negative coronavirus test result to be able to move into their dorms or go to class.

St. John’s Health is stepping in to help those kids go to college. With supplies still at a premium, most testing guidelines don’t include asymptomatic teenagers, but the hospital — working with the Teton County Health Department — has expanded COVID-19 testing criteria to accommodate kids going off to school.

Students must have Teton County residency and proof that their college requires a test result. Some colleges are running their own testing programs, including the University of Wyoming, and those students are not eligible under the St. John’s program.

To schedule a test, call the hospital’s COVID hotline at 739-4898, ext. 3.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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