Delaware Division of Public Health in partnership with Quidel will provide asymptomatic COVID-19 screening services to participating school districts and licensed child care facilities. Students, faculty, and child care providers that opt-in to the COVID-19 screening program will be testing with Quidel’s rapid antigen tests to facilitate the re-opening of K-12 public schools in the fall of 2021 and to facilitate keeping child care environments open.
While children overall are less often diagnosed with COVID-19, they still remain at-risk. Currently, many children ages 12-17 remain unvaccinated, and children under age 12 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine so they benefit from a layered approach of prevention strategies which include wearing face masks, social distancing, and testing for COVID-19. Those who have COVID don’t always develop symptoms, so it’s important to use testing to identify the presence of the virus that causes this disease.
HOW CAN WE
Check out the list of participating schools and child care facilities and contact your school administrator to complete the consent form and opt-in to the weekly School or Child Care Testing Program.