CAMARILLO (CBSLA) – The COVID-19 test kits shipped from the state of California arrived at the Ventura County Education Office in Camarillo on Thursday and will be distributed to all students in the county.
The shipment of 132,000 kits was among the millions Governor Gavin Newsom has promised to send to all students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 so they can get tested when they return to class after the summer break. winter. Testing was delayed by inclement weather, but arrived before students returned to campuses in the Unified School District of Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest school district.
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Despite the late arrival, Ventura County school officials were enthusiastic and eager to unload the cargo. Dr Cesar Morales, superintendent of schools in Ventura County, said the kits will bring peace of mind to families and help keep schools open amid the pandemic.
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“Home COVID-19 testing is in high demand, and we are grateful that the state has provided kits for every student in Ventura County,” Morales said in a statement.
The test kits that arrived in Camarillo each contain two COVID tests, and the county education office has received enough kits to provide one free to every student in the county. The kits are now being sent to local school districts, who will coordinate the distribution to students and their families.
Schools beyond Ventura County continue to face the surge in COVID infections brought on by the more contagious variant of Omicron, which can easily infect even people who are fully vaccinated and boosted. The spread of the variant unfortunately matches vacation trips and gatherings, and infections are at their highest level since the start of the pandemic in some areas.
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Earlier this week, LAUSD made it mandatory for students and staff to have proof of a negative COVID test before they can return to campus and began handing out free tests at its take-out sites. Schools in Malibu and La Cañada Flintridge have also had to delay returning students to their respective campuses due to high positivity rates.