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Clipper students, staff to be tested

COLUMBIANA — As schools have begun to plan for next year, there is a lot of uncertainty. While many agree that the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic will still be around in some capacity when school returns, the district is doing everything it can take precautions.

So, when Superintendent Don Mook heard about QUICKmed’s ability to provide testing to students and staff in the district, he thought it was a good idea.

“The superintendent from Struthers told me that QUICKmed can come in and do nasal swab and antibody testing,” Mook said. “We’re doing this a service to our staff and any student that is entering into extracurriculars in the fall.”

The service charges insurance, but there is no co-pay. Any student involved in extracurriculars (sports, bands, etc.) that will be in grades 7-12 and staff are able to get tested. The staff members are permitted to bring their spouse or any children.

“This comes at no cost to us,” Mook said. “It’s just a nice service, because we all want to know if we’ve gotten the virus throughout this process. Hopefully this service can give people a little more peace of mind.”

The results of the 10-minute test take about 48 hours to come back. QUICKmed is the company that held the drive-thru testing in Columbiana in April.

Mook added that if students get the nasal swab, they will also be able to get a physical at no charge.

“I just think it was a nice opportunity for a company that is going to provide the service,” Mook said.

The site will take place at Columbiana High School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 8.

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