Missouri K-12 public and private schools can now apply to get rapid COVID-19 tests. Applications must be submitted by next Wednesday at noon to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The state will then work quickly to get testing to schools.
During a press conference Thursday at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Governor Parson says the new testing could be a gamechanger for Missouri.
Governor Parson adds getting tests to schools is critical to keeping kids in the classroom.
The antigen tests are not as uncomfortable as other nasal swab versions and they give results in about 15 minutes. They are supposed to be used on symptomatic school workers first and then students.
The state’s colleges and universities will have the chance to apply soon to also get the antigen tests.