COVID-19 tests available for order

USN’s Health Directors share recent coronavirus mitigating efforts from the federal government, a look at local numbers, and what they’re seeing inside the halls of 2000 Edgehill.
By Health Directors Jenn Aaron, N.P., & Margee Brennan, M.D.

As we continue to battle the spread of coronavirus in our hallways and our homes, and especially given the highly transmissible nature of the omicron variant, we’re sharing federal government initiatives aimed and mitigating the virus’ spread, as well as offering a look at the latest happenings at USN. 

Beginning Wednesday, January 19, at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests are available for order through the federal government website here. A beta version of the site was live and open for orders on Tuesday, January 18. Each residential household can register to receive four tests for free with no shipping cost, and tests will ship within seven to 12 days of ordering, according to the White House. Additionally, private health insurance companies now are required to cover eight free at-home tests per covered individual per month. 

Following the website’s launch, the federal government announced it will distribute 400 million high-quality N95 masks for adults free of charge at thousands of pharmacies and other locations starting soon. This move comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidelines. Three masks will be available per adult, and plans are in the works to make masks available for children in the near future. We will continue to share updates on the aforementioned initiatives and other government-related plans as they are released. 

At USN, our numbers have corresponded with the rise in local and regional cases. We continue to see most cases linked to either a household exposure or an exposure outside of school, thanks to our layered mitigation approach. The current scientific data supports that the omicron variant seems to be more transmissible once symptoms appear, so it is more important than ever to keep your student home for signs of illness and test for COVID-19 to be sure. We continue to do our best to help arrange testing whenever possible. 

As a reminder, we share a weekly look at case numbers within the school each week that classes are in session. If you have any additional questions, concerns, or would like to report a positive case within your household, please email the Health Room.
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