Counties Now Have Until Oct. 10 to Work with State on COVID Testing in Schools

Counties now have until October 10 to apply for state aid to help with preventative COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools. 

Today, the State Department of Health (MDH) notified local school and health leaders that the state was extending the application deadline to collaborate with the state on COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools.

The Screening Testing Program was launched in July by MDH and the State Department of Education (MSDE). To date, 18 school systems have taken advantage of the MDH/MSDE initiative for the 2021-2022 school year.

According to an MDH memo:

In July 2021, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), launched an opportunity for public and non-public K-12 schools to participate in an MDH-supported Screening Testing Program. This opportunity is
funded through a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Enhancing Laboratory Capabilities (ELC) grant, totaling $182 million. The application period has been extended again to October 10, 2021, to enable school systems and non-public schools that have not yet applied to take advantage of the opportunity to provide screening testing services during the 2021-2022 school year.

page2image1022788816Interested schools should email to request POC tests or vendors to be able to order PCR tests directly. Currently there are over 320,000 POC tests in MDH’s inventory available for schools to access.

Read the full MDH memo.

Learn about the MDH/MSDE testing initiative.

State Encourages Maryland Schools to Implement COVID-19 Testing this Fall.