CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Thursday it will provide a one-time bulk shipment over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to K-12 public school districts outside of Chicago for the upcoming school year.
The tests will be provided free of charge.
IDPH will only allow one request per school district. Tests will be delivered to a single location within the district to who is responsible for dispensing the tests throughout the district accordingly.
The OTC tests are intended to be used to provide students a way to test for the disease at home, including testing of family members or close contacts. The tests are also intended to test those who may have been exposed while in school.
More information about the State of Illinois’s efforts to protect school children and teachers from COVID-19, go to: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/school-guidance.html.