UAlberta NASA concerned over request for members to volunteer to complete COVID-19 testing

August 26, 2021
The University of Alberta’s Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) has raised concerns over the University of Alberta’s request for university community members to help administer rapid tests for COVID-19 at its Augustana Campus, North Campus, and Enterprise Square. Global News reports that a copy of the request said that volunteers might work “collecting patient information, observing swabs, or analyzing and recording results,” and that they should plan to complete five hours a week for the fall semester. NASA president Jillian Pratt argued that these staff members are not necessarily trained in these tasks and are already overwhelmed and overburdened. “Our ultimate outcome would be folks who have the knowledge, expertise, education, experience that they need to be doing the testing, doing the testing,” said Pratt. Global News (AB)