Nearly 600 people are either furloughed or totally out of a job at the University of Missouri.

Officials say it’s due to the $17 million dollar budget gap they’re fighting following the state’s decision to withhold certain funds for COVID 19 planning.

There have also been more than 600 individuals who have accepted salary reductions.

The school is also looking into anti-body testing and contract tracing for COVID 19 before students return in the fall.

Research into the best way to handle that is already underway, and will move to an in-campus program starting on May 20th.

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