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D161 officials mull COVID-19 saliva testing opportunity to curb outbreaks, quarantines

Flossmoor School District 161 is discussing the possibility of adopting an opt-in saliva test program that could help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within its walls.

Superintendent Dana Smith presented the covidSHIELD saliva test Monday, June 14, during a regular meeting of the district’s board of education. The test, developed by the University of Illinois, has been approved for use in elementary and middle schools, Smith said.

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