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At-Home Antigen Rapid Tests

On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) announced it has received nearly 30,000 iHealth rapid test kits from the state to support school testing in public and charter schools throughout Yolo County.

Washington Unified (WUSD) staff have been working closely with YCOE this afternoon to receive delivery of the rapid test kits and ensure they are transported directly to each WUSD school site as quickly as possible. The rapid test kits were originally scheduled to arrive last week to allow schools to distribute the tests before students and staff returned to school after winter break. However, poor weather conditions delayed the transportation of the kits.

Each kit contains two (2) rapid tests and comes with instructions on how to use the test kits and submit results. Individuals are asked to report positive and negative results.

Keep an eye out for additional communications from your school principal in the next 24 hours with more detailed information on when the rapid test kits will be available for distribution.

Read the full YCOE press release for more information.
Testing Instructions for students and staff

Testing Instructions for students and staff

STEP 1:
 
Your school district has received free COVID-19 rapid test kits from the California Department of Public Health. Each box contains two tests. Tests should be used 1-3 days apart. We recommend that you test your child (or yourself if staff) immediately and then again in 1-3 days per the manufacturer’s instructions for use. 

  • If your child (or yourself if staff) gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms, have them stay home and use your tests to see if it is COVID-19.
  • If your child (or yourself if staff) is exposed to someone with COVID-19, have them stay home (if not up-to-date with vaccination) and use your tests a few days later.
 
Please FIRST read all instructions provided with the kits and watch the video below for your designated test before you test.
 
STEP 2:
 
  • If your results are POSITIVE, stay home from school. Contact your healthcare provider and notify your school. You should isolate the positive individual.
  • If your results are NEGATIVE and your child (or yourself) feels well, they can return to school.
  • If your child (or yourself if staff) has any COVID-19 symptoms or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please call your school before you return – even if the test is negative. More testing may be needed.
 
STEP 3:
 
  • Share your at-home COVID-19 test results (whether NEGATIVE or POSITIVE) with your local health department using the Primary Health platform. The website is available in multiple languages, secure and HIPAA compliant.
  • If you need assistance, instructions are available at bit.ly/3zagr2T
  • If you test positive and are unable to report the results online, call your school to notify them.
iHealth Test Kit Instructional Video

iHealth Test Kit Instructional Video

NEW Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine Period

NEW Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine Period

On January 4, 2022, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Yolo County has revised its local health orders to align with shortened COVID-19 isolation (PDF) and quarantine (PDF) periods, reducing the duration of isolation and quarantine to 5 days instead of the earlier 10 for most individuals. The shortened isolation and quarantine periods are based on scientific studies that show most transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days before the onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.
 
Isolation for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 can now end after 5 days, but only if the person has no symptoms or symptoms are improving, tests negative on day 5 or later, and wears a mask that fits and filters well over their mouth and nose when around others indoors until day 10. Because PCR tests can result in a positive test for a month or longer after infection, tests to end isolation need to be antigen tests. Yolo County has started planning to make free home antigen tests available to those testing positive.
 
Quarantine for individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can now end after five days with a negative test on day 5 or later if the individual wears a mask that fits and filters well over their mouth and nose when around others indoors until day 10. The test to end quarantine can be either an antigen test or a PCR test. Individuals who have tested positive in the previous 90 days are no longer exempt from quarantine after close contact with someone with COVID-19, nor are individuals who are eligible for a booster dose but have not yet received their booster.
 
As part of the new guidance, home antigen test results will now be accepted as proof of either a negative or positive test, although some workplaces or schools can and may have stricter requirements. At a minimum, an individual should document their home test result with a photo of the test result, the individual’s name, and the date and time of collection. Individuals testing positive with a home test should report their test results to their healthcare provider or call Yolo County Public Health at 1-833-YOLOCOV (965-6268). An online reporting platform is under development as home tests become more common.
 
Isolation and quarantine periods for health care workers are different from those of the general public. Depending on vaccination status and whether critical staffing shortages are occurring, health care worker isolation and quarantine range from 0 to 10 days.