The Coronado Unified School District is the primary district within the state to check college students and workers of their faculties for COVID-19 antigens, molecules discovered within the physique that set off an immune response.
The district began testing as a part of a pilot program launched in January.
Teacher Lindsey Cummins was examined Monday at Coronado Middle School, the place a clinic was set as much as give the speedy antigen check to these within the district who made appointments. Some folks check two instances every week.
“I always want to be one step ahead,” stated Cummins. “Having it (antigen test) just be readily available when I need it has been wonderful.”
Her son Kyson is a T-Ok scholar within the district. He was given the nasal swab check proper after his mom.
“Kind of like ticklish, ticklish,” he stated describing the way it felt.
Doctor Omid Bakhtar, a doctor at Sharp Hospital, is co-chair of a county process power taking a look at what it might take to check for antigens at faculties.
Coronado Unified was the primary to make it occur, and since January greater than 1,800 folks have been given the speedy antigen check, which may produce leads to quarter-hour.
“We certainly had people who were positive, and we were not only able to contact trace them quickly and test others around them, some of whom ended up being positive also, but then we were also able to pull them out of the system in quick order.”
The testing, he stated, catches those that are each asymptomatic, who is not going to present signs, in addition to those that are pre-symptomatic earlier than they present signs.
The district’s Deputy Superintendent Donnie Salamanca stated offering frequent testing provides the district the chance to reassure workers and college students.
“Combined with different mitigation measures, testing was simply the icing on the cake to say it’s protected to open,’ he stated.
As for whether or not different faculty districts may convey testing to their districts, Doctor Bakhtar stated, “I believe it’s an necessary a part of the puzzle to reopening faculties… that being stated, it’s an extremely large carry for some faculty districts.”
Districts want resources, and whereas the federal government is offering the assessments free, money is required for workers and experience.
“The question isn’t whether or not there’s added worth, the question is how can we do it successfully for every faculty district,” Dr. Bakhtar stated.
Bakhtar made it clear that the testing is an added device that doesn’t substitute the mitigating measures already in place, like masks sporting and social distancing.