Pre-K – 12 coronavirus testing sites now open

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Health announced the state’s school testing program opened on Monday.

These testing sites are used to provide prompt results for students, teachers, or staff member at only public or private Pre-K – 12 school.

A test can be scheduled seven days a week from 7:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m for those who are showing symptoms, or who have been directed to get a test.

Services are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

“Consistent with the strategic, aggressive approach we have taken to COVID-19 testing over the last several months, Rhode Island has developed one of the broadest, most comprehensive school testing programs in the country,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).

“We have the infrastructure to run 5,000 tests a day for students, teachers, and staff, which will allow us to rapidly identify cases of COVID-19 and get people into quarantine and isolation right away. This will be key to minimizing disruptions to school communities and making this academic year a success for all students and schools throughout Rhode Island”, she continued.

Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said that getting the students back to their classroom sends a strong message about how important education is.

Infante-Green also emphasized how critical the testing sites are.

“The work our colleagues have done to organize and implement school-focused COVID testing is a powerful tool in our efforts to return students safely to their classrooms. Efforts like this allow educators to do what they do best — teach our students”, she said.

A full list of the testing sites can be viewed here.

Appointments can be scheduled by parents, guardians, teachers, staff members, and students older than 16 years old.

Parents and/or Guardians are required to go to the test site with any child who is younger than 16.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

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