The Dakota Valley School District has received the first batch of rapid COVID-19 tests. Tessie Oberg, School Registered Nurse, stated the school received 280 tests. Schools that signed up to receive the rapid tests will get enough to cover at least two per student. She informed the school board that they only need to request more when they are getting low.

“These are not to replace healthcare providers or say, well, come here and we’ll test you,” Superintendent Dr. Jerry Rasmussen said at the Nov. 9 board meeting.

Oberg said that lately when students are being tested by their doctors it would be a two- to three-day wait to get results back. Now, with the uptake in numbers, it’s taking about five days.

“So being able to use that rapid test is key,” Oberg said. “So far, we’ve only done it on staff members, we haven’t used any on students, yet. If a kiddo comes to my office sick and we’re sending them home – there’s so many illnesses that have nothing to do with COVID, but all the symptoms overlap. It would be more of a ruling it out kind of thing versus trying to find the cause.”

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.