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Rapid testing site reopens Jan. 11

The district facilitates a rapid testing center to allow students and staff back into schools after seven days of quarantine. That testing site will reopen Jan. 11.

Due to construction in the previous location, the testing center will open in a new Freeport Center location from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday, beginning Jan. 11. The location of the new site will be identified in the quarantine letter that parents or staff members will receive if there is a need to be quarantined.

That being said, the Utah Department of Health is now offering free COVID-19 rapid antigen testing at Building C5 in the Freeport Center in Clearfield and at Woods Cross High School.  

Anyone can get tested at these two free testing clinics, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. These clinics will only be operational for a total of eight days as outlined below: 

• Freeport Center, Clearfield —Wednesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 6-7 and Jan 13-14 — 7 a.m. to noon each day 

Registration link: https://c19.health.utah.gov/surveys/?s=TCRCL9RD8E&siteid=FCC-DSD 

• Woods Cross High School, 600 W. 2200 South, Woods Cross — Fridays, Jan. 8 & 15 – 3-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, Jan. 9 & 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Registration link: https://c19.health.utah.gov/surveys/?s=TCRCL9RD8E&siteid=WCHS-DSD 

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These Utah Department of Health clinics are not associated with the district’s rapid testing site, which is for quarantined individuals to "Test to Return" to school. If an employee or student is contacted and told to quarantine, they will receive a letter from the school district letting them know when they can be tested and the location of the testing site in order to return to school.

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In regards to the Utah Department of Health effort at the Freeport Center and Woods Cross High School, online registration is encouraged to cut down on any potential delays at the testing site. If you can’t register online, you will be able to register at the site. Identification is required. 

According to the health department, the goal of the testing clinics is to more quickly identify people who are currently infectious with COVID-19, including those who may not even know they are infected because they don’t have symptoms. Identifying these individuals will help slow the spread of infection in the community. 

Test results will be emailed to those tested within 30-60 minutes after being tested. 

Rapid antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR tests. Antigen tests work best when someone has symptoms of COVID-19 or when a person has high amounts of virus in their body. If an individual has symptoms and tests negative on the rapid antigen test or an individual doesn’t have symptoms and tests positive on the rapid antigen test, they will be referred for a follow up, confirmation PCR test. 

Testing teams at the Utah Department of Health clinics will consist of Utah Department of Health staff, deployed National Guard members, and TestUtah contracted teams.