New program gives Middletown school community access to rapid COVID-19 testing

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Dr. Michael Conner, the Superintendent of Schools, joined the staff at Middletown High School Wednesday to get tested for COVID 19.

“Two to three days you’ll get your results,” the technician told him after administering the test.

Leading by example in the city’s effort to keep schools as safe as possible. Temperatures are taken before anyone can enter a school and desk shields separate each student.

“This just is one more thing to protect us and it shows to me that they care about all of us and that makes me very very happy to work here,” said paraprofessional LouAnn Sieruta.

The asymptomatic testing is open to students, staff, and their families as well as anyone else in the community. It rotates between nine of the 11 schools in the city every Wednesday.

On Wednesday, cars lined up outside Middletown High School for it.

“Obviously we want to extend it out to the community because we want to ensure that community safety and health is our priority,” said Dr. Conners.

Middletown is also part of a pilot program that provides rapid tests to any student or staff who has COVID symptoms.

“They will receive their results in a confidential manner within 10 to 15 minutes and based off of that we’ll adhere to our reentry plan the guidelines and protocols if they test positive or if they test negative,” said Dr Conners.

The rapid test would be administered while right outside the school, and if it’s a student, a parent could then pick them up.

“Consent has to come from the parent. Obviously, if they’re showing symptoms, we would want them to get tested,” said Dr. Connner.

Both types of testing are being done by the Community Health Center which conducts its own testing every day at its downtown location. 

A partnership during a pandemic and one of the first of its kind in the state.

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