KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
November 6, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Starting today, all current Katy ISD students can get a free rapid COVID-19 test. The saliva-based test is part of the District’s plan to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus as numbers in our area start to rise.
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Katy ISD Works to Mitigate the Spread of COVID
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United States. Katy ISD continues to do what they can to mitigate the spread in the Katy area. Their efforts now included free testing to any Katy ISD student.
KISD Students Can Get Free Testing
Starting today, November 6, Katy ISD will offer free rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 testing for all currently enrolled students. The free test is in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) COVID-19 Testing Project and is considered just as effective as the nasal swab test.
Katy ISD students may still opt for the nasal swab test that is being administered by RediMD at a cost of $125. Insurance is currently not available through this option. Payment is accepted at the time of service by either credit card or cash.
Both tests are available at:
Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center
5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Appointments are not required but it is recommended that parents call ahead at 281-396-7808.
COVID-19 numbers are on the rise across the state of Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services shared the following graph earlier this week.
They report that confirmed cases are up by 6,223 with 5,740 of those currently hospitalized. Texas reports 89 new deaths.
According to the Harris County Public Health Department, Harris County currently has 165,252 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Two days ago, Katy ISD’s Nottingham Country Elementary, located in Harris County, announced the school would temporarily transition to virtual instruction only. At that time, the campus was reporting 23 active student cases of COVID-19 – 17 students, five staff and one auxiliary case. In-person instruction is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, November 10.
Yesterday, the Fort Bend County Public Health Department reported 163 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. Recently Katy ISD’s Seven Lake’s High School was temporarily shut down for deep cleaning as a virus outbreak reached numbers causing the health department to close it.
Waller County reported four new cases since November 4.
To monitor the status of your student’s campus or to learn more about how the District is responding to the current health crisis, visit their COVID-19 Dashboard. Families are responsible for self-reporting positive COVID-19 tests and possible exposure.