As a preventive measure to detect cases of COVID in schools, the Government of Jalisco will carry out rapid tests on educational personnel.
Fernando Petersen Aranguren, state health secretary, reported that 384 antigen tests will be applied weekly in schools that will be chosen randomly in municipalities or colonies that present high levels of incidence of the disease.
Although they recognized that the rapid test can give false negatives, since it requires high viral loads to test positive, the secretary justified the strategy and maintained that the recommendation is that personnel who present symptoms do not come to work.
“These tests will help us to sample the epidemiological situation in the education sector”
“They are reliable, each test has its purpose and can be useful at different times, if we want to make a definitive diagnosis we need a PCR; but these tests are going to help us to sample the epidemiological situation in the education sector,” he said.
The application of tests began in 25 schools in Guadalajara, Zapopan, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá and Tlajomulco, in five schools per municipality. On Thursday, 27 campuses are added in municipalities in the rest of the State. In total, 45,000 rapid tests will be applied in schools and thirteen health teams will take samples.
Juan Carlos Flores Miramontes, secretary of state education, explained that the schools do not require enrollment or registration as they will be selected randomly.
For her part, the coordinator of the social development cabinet, Anna Bárbara Casillas, commented that the sampling strategy may have adjustments depending on how the epidemiological situation evolves. On the costs of tests in private laboratories, he said that the State does not have the power to regulate them and insisted that the public sector has sufficient evidence and is working to expand coverage.