Brevard County opens new COVID-19 testing site for quarantined students

Appointments now accepted

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard Public Schools is partnering with the Department of Health to offer coronavirus testing to students who are under quarantine status.

The testing location opened at 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera on Wednesday.

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District leaders say the new testing option is to help students test out of quarantine and return to school.

Students who are asymptomatic can test five days after their last exposure. Health officials note the date of exposure does not count in that five-day period. If a student tests negative and they are asymptomatic, they can return to class, according to the district.

Stephanie Archibald was at the site getting her daughter tested Wednesday.

“I do have another child who’s got some compromised lungs, so it’s a concern for me. For sure,” she said.

Archibald was grateful for the new testing site because it might help prevent students from missing school.

“Think it’s very stressful for everybody because our kids are around elderly people.” Bilgit McCaln, a grandparent at the site, said.

McCaln supports masks in the classroom if it means getting the delta variant under control.

“It’s a virus. A virus wants to survive,” McCaln said. “It’s going to find ways, but we need to be proactive instead of reactive.”

Parents who have been notified that their student must quarantine are encouraged to utilize the site. Appointments can be made here. Note minors will need a parent or guardian present.

For more information, please contact DOH-Brevard at 321-454-7141.

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