GALVESTON, Texas - November 11, 2020 - Galveston ISD has acquired rapid COVID-19 testing kits from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is partnering with Teen Health Center, Inc. to administer tests to symptomatic students and staff beginning on Thursday, November 12.
“We received about 2000 testing kits this week and GISD students or staff showing symptoms will now be able to make same-day appointments at one of our five Teen Health Center, Inc. facilities, which are located within Galveston ISD campuses,” says Teen Health Center, Inc. Medical Provider Martha Norris, PA. “The TEA will replenish our supply as needed so we can continue the convenience of providing tests for our students and staff as long as necessary.”
The rapid tests being used at Galveston ISD are Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW tests provided free of charge by the federal government. The test involves using a swab, similar to a Q-Tip, placed inside the tip of the nose by a Teen Health Center, Inc. physician assistant. Results are available in about 15 minutes.
“Rapid tests are reliable and allow us to quickly identify contagious individuals in order to make swift decisions about treatment,” notes Teen Health Center, Inc. Medical Director and UTMB Professor of Pediatrics Richard Rupp, MD. “The earlier we can make decisions the better, and we are grateful that we now have the ability to determine if someone is positive for COVID-19 within a matter of minutes.”
Galveston ISD is a public school district in Texas that serves more than 7,000 students. Its 12 Schools of Choice campuses consist of traditional and theme based schools, charter schools, STEM programs, magnet schools, and a mega-magnet high school established in 1884. The district’s mission is to Educate, Engage and Empower EACH student for a life of Excellence . To learn more, visit www.gisd.org.
Teen Health Center, Inc. strengthens the health and well-being of Galveston’s youth through easily accessible, school-based care. Galveston residents, ages birth through 21 years old, can receive free primary and preventive medical care and a full range of mental health care, including individual therapy and psychiatry, completely free of charge. To learn more, visit www.teenhealthcenter.org.
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