Free COVID-19 Saliva Tests to Be Available for Illinois Schools in Next Academic Year

Free COVID-19 Saliva Tests to Be Available for Illinois Schools in Next Academic Year

(IOCI RADIO) – 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 the most recent academic year, utilizing the speedy saliva tests, spokesperson for the program Beth Heller said.

Heller said the 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 by officials to sign up by July 15 here.

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