Magnolia ISD's free COVID-19 testing site issues 141 tests to students, employees in first week

Individuals wishing to be tested at the site must be actively exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or be on the sixth day or later of a quarantine period from close contact with a COVID-19 case. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Individuals wishing to be tested at the site must be actively exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or be on the sixth day or later of a quarantine period from close contact with a COVID-19 case. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Individuals wishing to be tested at the site must be actively exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or be on the sixth day or later of a quarantine period from close contact with a COVID-19 case. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Following the opening of a COVID-19 testing site Dec. 7 for district students and employees, Magnolia ISD reported testing 81 students and 60 employees in its first week as of a Dec. 11 release.

The free COVID-19 testing site for the district was made available by the Texas Education Agency to help keep students and staff healthy and in school, the release states.

Of the 141 tests given the week of Dec. 7, 18 were found to be positive for COVID-19, according to the release, which equals approximately a 12.76% positivity rate. Individuals wishing to be tested at the site must be actively exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or be on the sixth day or later of a quarantine period from close contact with a COVID-19 case.

Since school began Aug. 12, the district's COVID-19 dashboard has recorded 181 cases of COVID-19 among its 15,222 total students and employees—1.19% of the population—with 39 active cases as of publication Dec. 11.

The new testing site uses the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen test, according to the release. Individuals will wait on-site for approximately 30 minutes for their results, according to district information.


Testing is done on a first-come, first-served basis, and no appointment is necessary. However, students and staff wishing to be tested must bring a signed release form showing proof of employment or enrollment as well as preregistering for the test, according to district information.

The site is open to MISD students and employees from 7-10 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and from 7-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; it will be closed during district holidays and professional development days.

Learn more about the district's testing site, located at the Magnolia Event Center, here.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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