The United States is dealing with one of the worst tragedies in history, as the COVID-19 pandemic is merciless across the country. Since November 4, there are easily over 100,000 cases of infections every day, and a total number of over 270,000 people have died.
Under such circumstances, it’s obvious that testing people for the SARS-CoV-2 virus as much as possible becomes practically mandatory. President Donald Trump recently announced that the US has the most efficient testing system for COVID-19 in the world, but the stakes will be raised even higher.
South Carolina gets rapid COVID-19 testing in schools
As Gov. Henry McMaster already promised, the rapid tests will be available next week at some districts by the start of school. The big announcement comes from education officials, and the purpose is to rapidly test students, teachers, and staff who show symptoms in order to quickly determine if they are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The next step will obviously be to isolate them if they’re positive.
According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, 220,000 rapid tests from a total of 1.5 million are set aside for schools. Most of the tests are being sent to nursing homes, health care facilities, and assisted living.
Running the rapid tests: another step for opening schools
McMaster also said that the rapid tests will grant another step towards opening the schools. However, there shall be in-person instruction for students for most of the week.
According to data provided by worldometers.info, South Carolina reported over 4,000 deaths caused by the ongoing pandemic. A total of almost 215,000 infections were reported, and 113,000 patients had been recovered. The most affected American state by the SARS-CoV-2 virus is Texas, followed by California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and so on. The second most affected country by the pandemic besides the US is India, with more than 9.3 million infections and over 136,000 deaths.