Test to Stay program runs through end of May, masks now optional at CCS

Shunda Pettigrew (left) and Amy Ashby, who work for Wild Health, are in charge of the Kentucky Department of Education Test to Stay program at the Caldwell County High School Community Activities Building. Students and staff have the opportunity to participate in the voluntary program to get on-site rapid antigen test results for COVID-19.

Wild Health team members Shunda Pettigrew and Amy Ashby have been administering rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 since Oct. 18, as part of the Caldwell County School District’s participation in the Kentucky Department of Education Test to Stay program.

Pettigrew and Ashby said most of the testing happens within the first hour of the program.

From 7-9 a.m. students can visit the Caldwell County High School Community Activities Building to get tested.

Students and staff who are quarantined because of COVID-19 exposure can get results in 15 minutes. Pettigrew and Ashby tested nine students and two staff members on Monday.

They said the highest number of daily tests so far is 15. During Monday morning, Wild Health personnel administered more than 40 tests at Ballard County schools.

Wild Health is based in Paducah, and their contract with the school runs through the end of May 2022.

To start the Thanksgiving holiday week, school officials announced Monday that masks are optional, as the Test to Stay program continues along with social distancing, additional cleanings and contract tracing.