A nurse administers a coronavirus test at a drive-through center at George Washington University in Washington on May 7, 2020. Experts say widespread testing is crucial for states to be able to safely reopen their economies. (AFP/Getty Images)

A day after the University of Tennessee announced that it would welcome students back to its campuses in August, UT-Knoxville’s chancellor put in a call to Capitol Hill.

The university had declared that social distancing and enhanced safety procedures would be part of the “new normal.” But what exactly would that mean? The school had about three months to figure out the answer and reached out Thursday to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who was about to chair a hearing focusing on testing for the novel coronavirus.

Alexander put the question