Herkimer now accepting rapid antigen test results for COVID-19

The Herkimer Central School District is now accepting the results of rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 that are available at Primary Urgent Care in Herkimer, the Medicine Shoppe in Ilion (by appointment only), and other local pharmacies/clinics. The district is also still accepting the results of same and next-day PCR tests that are available at Primary Urgent Care and Bassett Health Center.

The district is not accepting at home test results.

A regulation by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) says that all school students, teachers, and staff with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, cannot be in school, regardless of vaccination status. They must either provide a negative PCR/antigen COVID test result, or remain out of school for a minimum of 10 calendar days from symptom onset, prior to returning to school.

If symptoms are improving and they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines, they may return to school following a negative PCR/antigen COVID test or provide a note from a healthcare provider indicating the test was negative.

Students, teachers, and staff can return without a negative COVID-19 test if:

  • They provide a note from a licensed medical professional stating that the symptoms are because of a pre-existing chronic condition, like migraines, chronic allergies, etc., with unchanged symptoms that aren’t getting worse, or
  • They provide a specific alternative diagnosis (strep-throat, influenza, etc.) from a licensed medical professional.
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