From 18 January, pilots with risk-based testing for the corona virus will start at about fifteen secondary schools. The schools participating in the trial under the supervision of the UMCU in Utrecht are located in the regions of Utrecht, Rotterdam and the province of Gelderland, Corona Minister Hugo de Jonge reported Wednesday.
The pilot means that if an infection occurs in a class, the schools will contact a professional party who will conduct multiple rapid tests in that class during a certain period. Once a student or teacher receives a positive test result and has gone into isolation, the other students in the class are asked to be tested. If those students receive a negative test result repeatedly, they can go back to school. Until then, they follow online education. Testing is voluntary.
GGDs are closely involved in the trial in order to carry out source and contact research in the event of a positive test results. With the upscaling of the tests, the government wants to learn lessons for the design and organization for the national roll-out of tests in secondary schools. Minister De Jonge had previously announced that he wants people to be able to have themselves tested once a month from March.