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The Clark County R-1 School District and Clark County Health Department are partnering together to participate in Missouri’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program for K-12 institutions. The rapid antigen COVID-19 tests will be available to students and staff of the school district. The Abbott BinaxNOW test is a minimally invasive nasal swab test only going into the nose about 1 inch. The test must be administered by a trained health care professional and yields results in just 15 minutes without any additional equipment. This test will only be available for students and staff of CCR-1 who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. The testing will take place at the Clark County Health Department Annex at 207 East Clark Street in Kahoka. Students must be transported there by parents. Parent permission is required prior to testing for students. To schedule an appointment for testing, please call the Clark County Health Department at 727-2356. The health department will call parents with results as quickly as possible.
“We are excited to partner with the Clark County Health Department to bring rapid testing to our county for students and staff. As a school system, we believe this will allow us to have staff and students return to school more quickly. This also brings more testing supplies to our county which will allow the Health Department to continue to use their testing supplies on community members for the health of our community,” stated Ardith Harmon, RN, MSN School Nurse. The school district appreciates the efforts of our Health Department, community members, students and staff in keeping our students in our buildings learning as much as possible during this time.
The federal government has prioritized public and private K-12 districts/schools to receive Abbott’s BinaxNOW rapid antigen test kits to test symptomatic school personnel and students for COVID-19. Testing to diagnose COVID-19 is one component of a comprehensive response strategy and should be used in conjunction with promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining healthy environments, maintaining healthy operations, and preparing for when someone gets sick according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) strongly believes that these rapid antigen tests will be instrumental in keeping schools open so onsite education can safely be delivered to as many students as possible.