YOUR QUESTIONS: How will staff and families be able to get tests done quickly if in-person school returns?

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Salem Reporter turned to various experts to find out answers to questions from readers ranging from how many people are asymptomatic to who can get tested. The Marion County Health Department, Oregon Health Authority and Salem Health all participated by responding to the community’s questions. We are featuring a question a day to share the information.

Q: If there is in-person school, how will families and staff be able to get Covid tests done quickly and easily?

A: Marion County Health & Human Services is working closely with school districts and testing partners to establish protocols to provide a rapid response to any cases associated with a student or employee at a school. Case investigators will immediately begin work to identify all close contacts and to ask them to self-isolate for 14 days. Schools must also have thorough cleaning and sanitation processes in place to prevent the spread of the virus, and to deep clean a facility following a confirmed case.

– Katrina Rothenberger, director, Marion County Public Health

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