School Nurse Update - Dec. 1
Hermantown Community Schools
Hello, Hermantown families! I don’t have many updates for you at this time, but wanted to share some resources and reminders surrounding COVID-19 testing and reporting.
Types of COVID-19 Tests
The most accurate tests for detecting the virus that causes COVID-19 are molecular tests such as PCR tests which may be obtained by nasal swab or saliva sample, both of which are equally accurate. Another type of test is the antigen or rapid test, which is also taken by nasal swab. Results are back more quickly, but may be less accurate, especially in those that do not have symptoms. For more information on types of tests, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/types.html.
COVID-19 Testing Resources
There are several resources available in our area for COVID-19 testing. Some sites offer saliva testing and some offer nasal swab testing. Here are current testing options available:
- Minnesotans can now order a home saliva test kit online here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html. Your kit will be shipped to your home and when you are ready to use it, you will need to log in to the Vault virtual waiting room before you provide the saliva sample. You then mail the kit back to the Vault lab in the prepaid package provided with the kit. Results are emailed to you in 24-48 hours.
- The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) houses free saliva testing, now 7 days/week. They are open 12-7pm weekdays and 10am-4pm weekends. Location in South Pioneer Hall, Entrance Door A at 350 Harbor Drive. Appointments are available but not necessary. For more information, see https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/testing-locations/community-testing.jsp
Nasal Swab Tests
- St. Luke’s E-Visit: https://slhduluth.zipnosis.com/
- Essentia Health E-Visit: https://essentia.zipnosis.com/guest_visits/new?p=covid19coronavirusvisit
Antigen (rapid) Testing
- University of Wisconsin-Superior testing site: https://www.uwsuper.edu/ehs/coronavirus/covidtestingsite.cfm
Who should be tested?
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends that the following people should seek COVID-19 testing:
- Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested immediately. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basics.html
- Anyone who was close to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should be tested. Recommended timing for testing after exposure is 5-7 days so that the test is not given too early to detect the virus.
- Anyone who is still working at places that remain open during Dial Back, Minnesota should seek testing at least once before December 18, 2020.
Reporting test results and quarantines
Please continue to report to your child’s school any COVID-19 test results or quarantine status for your child. This will help us know what is going on with our student population while our schools are distant learning. The information will help guide our decision making process as we watch case numbers to plan for returning to hybrid learning. The phone numbers to call for reporting are listed below.
Hermantown High School Nurse: 218-626-6015
Hermantown Middle School Nurse: 218-626-6211
Hermantown Elementary School Nurse: 218-626-6111
Sheina Showen, RN, PHN, LSN
Hermantown School District Nurse
218-626-6015 (High School)
218-626-6111 (Elementary School)