GPS to offer rapid COVID, strep and flu testing

With the upcoming flu season, Guthrie Public Schools is partnering with Total Wellness to provide telehealth and rapid response Covid testing for students, parents and school staff.

In an email sent out to parents on Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson said the services will also be extended to all local (Logan County) first responders and employees of the City of Guthrie.

Beginning Oct. 26, the district will host the central testing center at Cotteral Elementary and will test for flu, strep and Covid-19.

“When an employee, student, family members or first responders are presenting a fever or other symptoms related to Covid-19 or another illness, site staff can direct these persons to the testing hub,” Simpson said.

The testing will be conducted in a portable classroom located on the south side of the building. Patients are to park along Cleveland St. on the south side of the school and are not permitted to enter the main building of the school.

Hours of operation will be 9 – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for all symptomatic patients.

Simpson said the Total Wellness staff will work with students, and their parents to conduct a telehealth visit with a telehealth provider.

“If authorized by parents, testing can be conducted to rule out COVID, flu, or strep,” Simpson said. “If necessary for treatment, the Total Wellness provider can call in a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.”

The school district says an employee, student or parent of a student who presents with symptoms during the school day should report to the office immediately. 

“By offering these services, GPS students and staff can receive COVID testing and other health services in a timely manner and without an appointment,” Simpson explained. “We are excited about this new venture with Total Wellness as they partner with us in providing valuable health services to employees, students and first responders.”

The telehealth visit and testing are covered through insurance plans.  Co-pays and deductibles are waived through the current phase of the pandemic.


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