DE officials urge Covid-19 testing before returning to school from Spring Break

DOVER, Del. – As many students begin to enjoy their Spring Break, Delaware health officials are urging students to get tested for Covid-19 before returning to school. Officials explain since many people are once again holding family gatherings or are traveling, it’s more likely you could be exposed to a covid-positive person who might not be showing symptoms. Both the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) are asking students to test the day before you are set to return to school.

DPH suggests ordering free at-home test kits from the federal government at covidtests.gov. They also suggest purchasing them from pharmacies or finding a testing site near you at de.gov/gettested.

“Our educators, students and families are grateful that, after two years of intermittent remote learning and quarantines, having everyone back in our buildings full time has made this spring feel more like a ‘typical’ school year,” Secretary of Education Mark Holodick said. “As families and staff travel over the break, I encourage everyone to continue mitigation strategies to reduce their risk of exposure and to test themselves before they return to school. This will help us finish this school year in the face-to-face instruction we are so happy to have back.”

In addition to testing before returning to school, families are encouraged to seek testing for their children when a student has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms, or wishes to know their status before spending time with a person who is vulnerable to COVID-19 (e.g., immunocompromised, elderly, or unvaccinated).

DPH also encourages using spring break as a time to schedule covid-19 vaccinations for those who have not yet received their first or second dose, or a booster.

“Cases have slightly increased over the last week. We know COVID is not over,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Right now is actually the perfect time to make sure everyone is up to date on their vaccines to protect themselves and their community.”

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