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University of South Carolina's Student Health Services released a statement on Twitter Thursday, announcing the SAFE saliva-based COVID-19 testing has been postponed, effective immediately.

A staffing shortage at the lab used to analyze tests is the reason behind the stoppage according to university spokesperson Jeff Stensland.

“We are currently working to add additional resources and will resume testing as soon as possible and anticipate on-demand testing will be available on Tuesday,” said Stensland.

In the same tweet, Student Health Services gave students a link to DHEC’s website to find testing locally.

Students with COVID symptoms should schedule a testing appointment with the Student Health Center.

In another tweet, Student Health Services notified students that the 24/7 Coronavirus Phone Bank is “experiencing a very heavy call volume,” and that students should call at a later time if they do not get through.

Earlier this week, UofSC’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) announced that fraternity rush events will move from an in-person to an all virtual format.

The number of Greek Village houses under quarantine stands at 10.

Across students and employees there are 1,026 current active cases as of August 31.

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