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Oregon COVID-19 Youth Testing Programs

Funding for screening testing in Oregon's K-12 schools ended on July 31, 2023. Diagnostic testing with Abbott BinaxNOW will remain available for the 2024 – 2025 School Year.

Please contact your student’s school regarding their participation status in these programs and to provide consent for student participation.

K-12 Schools

Diagnostic Testing Program

Diagnostic testing is for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or those who have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with a case. OHA and ODE recommend that all K-12 schools in Oregon offering in-person instruction offer free, on-site COVID-19 diagnostic testing through the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon’s K-12 Schools Program. Testing will help to quickly identify COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools and slow spread through classrooms and households.

For some students, COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools may represent their only access to a diagnostic COVID-19 test and the importance of this access cannot be overstated. Because both students and staff spend many hours at school on a typical day, it is possible that they may develop new symptoms such as fever or cough while at school. In addition, when a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, their cohorts (e.g., classroom, reading group, chess club) may be considered exposed and testing may be recommended by the local public health authority.

Summer Camps

Summer 2024 Testing Information

Youth Residential Behavioral Health Facilities

​​​To further mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in Oregon’s residential youth facilities, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in partnership with the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) will support COVID-19 testing for youth/staff upon entry to inform cohorting, who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to COVID-19. It is strongly recommended that all residential youth facilities in Oregon offer free, on-site COVID-19 testing through this program. For some individuals, this program may represent their only access to timely COVID-19 testing and the importance of this access cannot be overstated.​


Past events

9/9 Webinar: Training for K12 and Youth Testing Programs

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8/31 Webinar: Administering Diagnostic and Screening Tests in K-12 Schools

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