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Minnesota Offers Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing to School and Child Care Workers

By Jeremiah Jacobsen
Published: September 2, 2020

The free tests will be available as needed for up to 250,000 education and child care workers.

ST PAUL, Minn. — The state of Minnesota will be providing free COVID-19 saliva tests for teachers, school staff members, and child care providers this fall.

The state said the tests are not required to return to work in a classroom or child care setting. Instead, state health officials encourage education and child care workers to take advantage of the free testing program when needed, such as in the event they have symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The free tests are limited to one per person, and are expected to be available to nearly 250,000 education and child care workers.

According to a news release, the $6 million cost will be largely covered through insurance and federal funding, though the state will cover any other situations to ensure the tests are free to education and child care workers.

“As a classroom teacher for more than 20 years and a parent of a child in public schools, I know that a safe classroom is the foundation for learning,” Governor Tim Walz said in a statement. “Those educating and caring for Minnesota’s next generation deserve the peace of mind that these COVID-19 tests will provide.”

“Our goal is to create safe in-person learning for as many children as possible, and saliva tests are one piece of the puzzle to support that plan,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is sending information for accessing the free tests to school districts, charter schools, tribal schools, and private schools to distribute to staff members. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is providing similar information to people working in licensed child care settings and child care centers.

Home schools are currently not covered by the free testing program.

The free saliva-based testing is part of the state’s larger partnership recently announced with Vault Health and Infinity Biologix.

“Adding saliva testing to our testing ecosystem both grows and diversifies our testing capacity,” Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “Teachers, school staff, child care center employees have a responsibility to get tested if they believe they’ve been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is feeling symptoms themselves. We hope this test will provide a convenient, reliable, and quick option for them.”

“Every single educator and school staff member across our state has worked tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming school year and we need to make sure we have their back,” said Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker.

Spectrum Solutions Authorized COVID-19 SDNA-1000 Saliva Collection Testing Kit

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NBC MINNESOTA KARE11:

Minnesota Offers Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing to School and Child Care Workers

By Jeremiah Jacobsen
Published: September 2, 2020

The free tests will be available as needed for up to 250,000 education and child care workers.

ST PAUL, Minn. — The state of Minnesota will be providing free COVID-19 saliva tests for teachers, school staff members, and child care providers this fall.

The state said the tests are not required to return to work in a classroom or child care setting. Instead, state health officials encourage education and child care workers to take advantage of the free testing program when needed, such as in the event they have symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The free tests are limited to one per person, and are expected to be available to nearly 250,000 education and child care workers.

According to a news release, the $6 million cost will be largely covered through insurance and federal funding, though the state will cover any other situations to ensure the tests are free to education and child care workers.

“As a classroom teacher for more than 20 years and a parent of a child in public schools, I know that a safe classroom is the foundation for learning,” Governor Tim Walz said in a statement. “Those educating and caring for Minnesota’s next generation deserve the peace of mind that these COVID-19 tests will provide.”

“Our goal is to create safe in-person learning for as many children as possible, and saliva tests are one piece of the puzzle to support that plan,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is sending information for accessing the free tests to school districts, charter schools, tribal schools, and private schools to distribute to staff members. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is providing similar information to people working in licensed child care settings and child care centers.

Home schools are currently not covered by the free testing program.

The free saliva-based testing is part of the state’s larger partnership recently announced with Vault Health and Infinity Biologix.

“Adding saliva testing to our testing ecosystem both grows and diversifies our testing capacity,” Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “Teachers, school staff, child care center employees have a responsibility to get tested if they believe they’ve been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is feeling symptoms themselves. We hope this test will provide a convenient, reliable, and quick option for them.”

“Every single educator and school staff member across our state has worked tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming school year and we need to make sure we have their back,” said Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker.

Spectrum Solutions Authorized COVID-19 SDNA-1000 Saliva Collection Testing Kit

© Spectrum Solutions™ Authorized COVID-19 SDNA-1000 Saliva Collection Testing Kit | Bloomberg News/George Frey

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Spectrum Solutions has manufactured over 20 million Saliva Collection devices for distribution worldwide. Spectrum’s technically superior  SDNA-1000 saliva collection device was engineered to lead the saliva collection industry in molecular diagnostics and clinical research applications delivering the safest and most robust biomaterial collection approach for the detection and diagnosis of disease or viral infection.

  • First saliva collection device to receive EUA authorization for COVID-19 testing
  • First saliva collection device FDA authorized for at-home sample collection
  • Only pain-free biosample collection option for COVID-19 testing
  • Engineered to reduce self-collection error
  • Delivers consistent high-quality, high-yield biosamples
  • 100% inactivation of the live virus
  • 100% bacteriostatic
  • Delivers over a 90% reduction in PPE usage compared to current swab collections for COVID-19 testing
  • Single device preserves both DNA and fragile viral RNA transcripts
  • Device stabilizes and extends biosample viability post-collection over 10 days with no degradation of sample efficacy extending shipping and transport options
  • Saliva collection system mitigates any risk of infection throughout the testing process
  • Pinpoint life-cycle stage of active viral infection
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Spectrum-SDNA-1000-Saliva-Collection-Proud Partner of MLB2

About the Product

Innovative Engineering

Spectrum Solutions has manufactured over 20 million Saliva Collection devices for distribution worldwide. Spectrum’s technically superior  SDNA-1000 saliva collection device was engineered to lead the saliva collection industry in molecular diagnostics and clinical research applications delivering the safest and most robust biomaterial collection approach for the detection and diagnosis of disease or viral infection.

  • First saliva collection device to receive EUA authorization for COVID-19 testing
  • First saliva collection device FDA authorized for at-home sample collection
  • Only pain-free biosample collection option for COVID-19 testing
  • Engineered to reduce self-collection error
  • Delivers consistent high-quality, high-yield biosamples
  • 100% inactivation of the live virus
  • 100% bacteriostatic
  • Delivers over a 90% reduction in PPE usage compared to current swab collections for COVID-19 testing
  • Single device preserves both DNA and fragile viral RNA transcripts
  • Device stabilizes and extends biosample viability post-collection over 10 days with no degradation of sample efficacy extending shipping and transport options
  • Saliva collection system mitigates any risk of infection throughout the testing process
  • Pinpoint life-cycle stage of active viral infection
Questions? Let’s Connect