IDPH to offer free COVID-19 Shield tests for the upcoming school year

About 258 districts throughout the state plus many private schools worked with Shield Illinois during this most recent academic year, utilizing the speedy saliva tests says the program’s Beth Heller. (Facebook/Shield Illinois)

By IIS Radio

SPRINGFIELD – Once again, schools will be able to take advantage of free covid-19 tests from the University of Illinois’ Shield program.

About 258 districts throughout the state plus many private schools worked with Shield Illinois during this most recent academic year, utilizing the speedy saliva tests says the program’s Beth Heller.

“We believe that many more schools will sign up for next year,” said Heller. “They’ve seen how it works from other school districts and that it was non-invasive and an easy test to do. I think we’ve seen that schools feel so grateful to have this system in place so they can prevent outbreaks and keep their school safe.”

Heller says this PCR test is especially helpful in early detection of the virus.

The free testing for the upcoming school year will be paid for with federal funds. Districts are urged to sign up by July 15 at shieldillinois.com.

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