School district offers COVID testing as students return from holiday break

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — In an effort to catch COVID cases before student return to the classroom, the Urbana School District is offering special drive-through testing next week.

A letter from Superintendent Jennifer Ivory-Tatum said students can test at the former Central Office located at 205 North Race Street from 7-8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 3, and Tuesday, January 4. This is in addition to the after-school drive-through testing at Yankee Ridge Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and the regular weekly testing in schools.

Urbana schools employees can test at the former Comcast building at the corner of Vine Street and Fairlawn Drive from 7-8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 3, and Tuesday, January 4. This is in addition to the regular testing for staff for the rest of that week.

Testing is free and will use Binax, which are rapid nasal swab tests. Classes resume at Urbana public schools on January 3.

Stacey Moore, spokesperson for Champaign Unit 4 Schools, said that district does not plan to expand its COVID testing program to coincide with students’ return on January 4. Moore said the district requires people with COVID symptoms to test, and officials encourage testing for people who are a close contact to a positive case.

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