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State health department offers free COVID-19 rapid tests to K-12 public schools (free content)

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Wednesday, Aug. 10, it is providing a one-time bulk shipment of 1 million over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to K-12 public school districts outside of Chicago for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. The tests will be provided free of charge.

The tests are being offered upon request and are intended to supplement testing at school districts for the duration of the upcoming school year. Only one request is permitted per district. 

The tests will be delivered to a single hub location in the district. Districts will then be responsible for distributing the tests to their local schools. The number of tests distributed will be based on the size of the district.

The tests are intended to be distributed or to be administered in the following ways: 

  • Providing tests to students with COVID-19 symptoms for at-home use, including the testing of family members or close contacts. 
  • Testing of those who may have been exposed while in school. 
  • Testing in alignment with the Illinois Test to Stay (T2S) program.

The tests are not intended to be used for regular screening purposes. IDPH continues to provide free weekly screening testing through SHIELD-IL and the Midwest Coordinating Center.

For more information is available here.

Fall events

Saturday, Sept. 24

  • Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off, noon to 9 p.m. Chili tasting is open to the public for a donation from 3 to 5 p.m. Three live music performances, plus horse-drawn wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, crafts and other activities.

Saturday, Oct. 15

  • Dia de los Muertos in downtown Homewood. Details to follow.

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