2.11.22 - PMG Covid-19 Testing Update

2.11.22 - PMG Covid-19 Testing Update
Posted on 02/11/2022
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2/11/2022

Sultan School District Families,

NEW - Change in rapid antigen test supply for district COVID-19 testing

As you know, our school district participates in Learn to Return, a program funded by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) that provides free COVID-19 testing for Washington K-12 schools. Through Learn to Return, we have also partnered with BD and PMG, a labor support service that helps facilitate our school-based testing services. To date, with our PMG-supported testing services, we have utilized the BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 test.

Temporary change to rapid antigen testing supply

Due to supply challenges, DOH will temporarily provide PMG with a different but comparable rapid test to offset a shortage of the BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 tests that we currently use. We will start integrating this new test, the BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B, when it arrives to our supply which we anticipate being distributed Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

What does this mean for me as a parent/student?

As mentioned above, students and staff will have the same experience getting tested with BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B as they have had getting tested with BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2. All students and staff will be required to sign an updated consent form to be able to be tested with BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B.

To prevent gaps in testing, we request that parents sign the updated consent form on behalf of their student by 2/14.

Instructions on how to sign the updated consent form:

  1. Log into Perseus account (https://pmg.app.perseus.id/)
  2. Go to ‘My Dashboard’ > ‘Intake Form’ > ‘Edit’ to complete the updated consent form.
    • This must be done for each student or student-athlete needing testing.
  3. The signature for consent on the final page will need to be provided to complete and submit the consent.
  4. PMG will be able to test students with this updated consent form completed.

What is BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B test?

The BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B test is a rapid antigen test that uses one sample to detect three viruses: COVID-19, Influenza A, and Influenza B. It only takes 15 minutes to get clear results for each sample. Watch this short video for more details on how this test works. 

How is it different from the previous test (BD Veritor)?

The method is the same, but the results are three-fold. The only difference is that it detects flu as well as COVID-19 using a single sample. For the person getting tested, the experience is very much the same. Samples are collected with a shallow-nasal swab, mixed with reagent, and resulted in 15 minutes using a digital results reader. Review the BD Veritor for SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B Patient Factsheet for more details.

For students or staff that haven’t registered on Perseus, PMG will obtain consent during the registration process. Please connect with the PMG testing team during your school’s testing hours if you have any questions about the updated consent.

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our school community safe during these challenging times.