COVID-19 testing key to Choate’s reopening plan in Wallingford

COVID-19 testing key to Choate’s reopening plan in Wallingford

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WALLINGFORD — Choate Rosemary Hall is planning to welcome students and staff back this fall with in-person classes and its own COVID-19 rapid testing site.

The private prep school is planning to reopen with a combination of in-person and remote learning.

Testing is a key part of the plan.

Alison Cady, Choate’s communications director, said Friday that the school purchased equipment for the health center to be able to test on campus as needed throughout the year.

Miriam Cohen, Choate’s health director, said there will be both rapid result testing as well as the more traditional PCR testing.

According to information on the school’s website, students should arrive at school having been tested for COVID-19 three to seven days prior to returning with documentation of a negative test result.

Students who aren’t tested beforehand are to be tested immediately upon arrival. If any students test positive for COVID-19, they are to either remain at home or isolate off-campus for 14 days before returning for the start of school.

Faculty and staff who interact with students are to be tested prior to the start of school.

Choate plans to repeat testing seven to 14 days after arrival for all on campus and a system of routine surveillance testing is to be established based on the prevalence of the novel coronavirus at Choate and in the community and state.

Classes are scheduled to begin Sept. 8. Boarding students are due to arrive on campus between Sept. 2-6. Upon arrival, they will begin a 14-day quarantine on campus, along with faculty.

During quarantine, day students will stay home and boarding students will reside in their dorms while participating in virtual orientation events and online learning.

Public rapid COVID-19 testing in the Wallingford area is offered at several locations, including DOCS Urgent Care in Southington and North Haven and Kathy’s Urgent Care in Berlin.

Hartford Healthcare currently operates walk-up testing in Meriden and Cheshire and drive-through testing at MidState Medical Center. CVS operates drive-through testing in Cheshire on Highland Avenue.

CVS Health operates a rapid testing site in Hartford at the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center. The New Haven rapid testing drive-through site, also run by CVS, shut down at the end of June.

For information on where to find COVID-19 diagnostic and anti-body testing sites, visit 203-317-2212Twitter: @LCTakores

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