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Riverside Health Clinic (for free tests story)

Riverside High School, pictured here, alongside St. Albans and South Charleston high schools, will host rapid COVID-19 testing in the new year.

Three Kanawha County schools are hosting free, walk-in, rapid COVID-19 tests in the new year, according to a news release from the county school system.

On Sunday, Riverside, St. Albans and South Charleston high schools will host testing from 1-3 p.m.

On Jan. 8, the same three schools will again host the testing from 1-3 p.m.

These will be antigen tests. If this rapid test is positive, the participant will take a PCR test, whose results take longer to come back.

“Increased screening and testing will facilitate early detection of COVID and identify those who may be asymptomatic coming back into the school environment,” Alicia Warden, the county school system's lead nurse, said in the release. “This is something we are happy to support to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The state Department of Health and Human Resources and AppLabs are partnering with the school district to provide the testing.

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