Delaware bringing rapid COVID-19 testing to providers working in state group homes for individuals with disabilities

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NEW CASTLE, Del. – The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services has partnered with the Division of Public Health to bring a rapid COVID-19 testing program to group homes, day programs, and other provider-managed settings in Delaware that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Starting this month, Delaware provider agencies serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to rapid antigen testing kits that detect active COVID-19 virus in 15 minutes.

The test is administered in the provider-managed setting by a trained staff member using a shallow nasal swab and a couple of drops of indicator, that when combined, provide a result in 15 minutes. Those participating providers are able to test their direct support professionals on-site and identify asymptomatic COVID positive individuals.

We’re told this will provide an added level of protection and assistance in mitigating the spread to vulnerable Delawareans. Individuals testing positive will be required to isolate at home and obtain a PCR COVID test through Curative to confirm the rapid test. They will not be permitted to return to work until they provide a negative PCR result or have completed their isolation period.

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