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Illinois expands free COVID-19 testing to all K-12 public schools in state

To help ensure schools can more safely resume in-person learning, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Wednesday that it is expanding access to free COVID-19 testing to all K-12 public schools across Illinois outside of Chicago, which received its own federal funding. 

Schools can choose to utilize the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), which is able to detect SARS-CoV-2 and its variants in symptomatic, pre-symptomatic, and asymptomatic individuals.

“In-person learning is a priority and we want to make . . .

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