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R-3 to provide free rapid COVID-19 tests

Parents will have to give permission for school nurses to administer the test

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The Lebanon R-3 School District has been approved to provide and administer free COVID-19 rapid tests to students and staff, the district announced Friday. The district has received the BinaxNOW test, which is described as an antigen test that detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes a COVID-19 infection, in about 15 minutes. The specimen for the test is collected via a nasal swab. The school district said that the test has been found to be more than 97 percent accurate. For more on this story see Saturday's LCR.

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