MDHHS Providing COVID Tests To Educators
By: Mike Stiles -
Thursday, February 4, 2021
(LANSING) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is moving forward with plans to offer a voluntary COVID-19 testing program that will provide weekly tests to educators.
The MI Safe Schools Testing Program will help achieve Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s goal of having all Michigan school districts offer an in-person learning option for students by March 1.
The COVID-19 rapid antigen testing program began Wednesday. The program is for Michigan educators from both public and private schools. MDHHS is providing testing supplies to schools at no cost.
Approximately 300 schools and 9,000 staff have signed up for testing so far.
The rapid antigen testing program is modeled after Michigan’s successful pilot project that tested student-athletes and coaches who were participating in playoffs for high school fall sports like football, volleyball and girls swimming and diving. In that program more than 8,300 people were tested. The rigorous testing program resulted in the detection of 69 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases that otherwise could have been missed.
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