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Saliva tests for schools

Today, Sept. 2, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced that within the next few weeks it will provide thousands of saliva tests to Johnson County K-12 schools. This is part of a strategy to stop COVID-19.

Preliminary plans include testing broadly to get a better picture of what is occurring in schools and the community in order to make informed public health decisions. The frequency of testing is yet to be determined. JCDHE expects to have access to several thousand tests, enough to do “on demand’ testing and to monitor spread of the virus in students, teachers and staff. 

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Board of County Commissioners authorized $200,000 for an agreement with Clinical Reference Laboratory, Inc. (CRL) for COVID-19 testing supplies and processing services. On July 31, CRL announced Emergency Use Authorization from the Federal Drug Administration for a COVID-19 diagnostic test that utilizes the saliva from individuals. 

Read more about saliva testing in Johnson County schools.

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