WATCH: UAB doctor discusses benefits of COVID-19 testing in schools, how school districts can join

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This school year, UAB’s School of Public Health will partner with the Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama State Department of Education and local school districts to conduct individualized COVID-19 testing plans.

Dr. Martha Wingate, chair of UAB’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and principal investigator of the new program, discussed the benefits of COVID-19 asymptomatic testing in schools and how school districts can join during a press conference Monday.

“The whole idea behind this is about kids keeping kids safe and in the classroom, and faculty are safe and staying health,” Wingate said. “When we think about our children, having that stability of being in the classroom, being with their friends is important. This is one way that we want to be able to do that.”

The partnership is part of a pilot program with different schools, but the plan is to hopefully utilize funds so that all schools could have access to the testing.

Watch the full press conference above

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