Affinity Empowering Enrolls First School In Georgia For Free COVID-19 Testing Through Extended Testing Of The Operation
ALEXANDRIE, Virginia and CLARKSTON, Georgia., September 22, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Affinity Empowering, Inc., a leading provider of the most sophisticated and secure occupational, behavioral and consumer health services, today announced that Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School of Clarkston has been enrolled in Operation Expanded Testing (OET) and has started providing free COVID-19 testing to its students and teachers, marking the first school enrollment in OET in Georgia.
Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School is a Grades 6 to 12 public charter school in the Atlanta area designed to meet the needs of refugees and new American students through English language acquisition and the study of foundational skills, a culturally relevant enveloping curriculum and supports, artistic programming and participation in football. Testing is carried out weekly with a rotating schedule for all 170 students, faculty and staff as part of the school’s COVID-19 strategy, which also includes masking and social distancing.
âHaving learning in the classroom is so important for all students, but we’ve found that language skills in particular are particularly difficult to teach in a remote setting. Once we decided that in-person learning was essential, we implemented a multi-layered COVID-19 strategy. which included surveillance testing for the community, âsaid Corina Sanchez, director of operations at the Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School. âOperation Expanded Testing has been a great tool in keeping our school safe. “
“We congratulate the Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School for enrolling in Operation Expanded Testing and for setting an example in COVID-19 security in the state of Georgia. COVID-19 surveillance tests, especially tests performed with the benchmark PCR detection method, are such an important measure to help reduce the risk of an outbreak, keep children in school and keep people quiet spirit in the community, âsaid Anne Haslerud, Vice President of Recruitment and Enrollment at Affinity Empowering. âTesting via OET is convenient, very accurate, gives results quickly, and is less invasive than upper nasal swabs – all the more reason for organizations to sign up. “
Benefits of extended function tests
Affinity Empowering delivers the OET program on behalf of Eurofins Clinical. Affinity and Eurofins use PCR tests, the gold standard for accurate detection of COVID-19. The PCR test used in the OET has a sensitivity and specificity of 100%, which means there are no false positives or false negatives. It also has the lowest detection limit for all authorized COVID-19 tests, allowing detection of COVID-19 in its early stages when the viral load is low.
During testing, individuals submit two samples – taken from the tip of the nose for minimal invasiveness. A sample from each individual is pooled to speed up sample analysis. If a pool shows a positive result, the individual secondary samples from that pool are immediately analyzed. This scheme avoids the need to remember samples and reduces the overall time to results. Through its proprietary, integrated Assure technology platform, Affinity delivers COVID-19 test results within an average of 24 hours.
About Extended Testing of Operations
Operation Expanded Testing (OET) is a federally funded program to provide no-cost “click and go” COVID-19 surveillance testing to cluster institutions, including K-12 schools, historically black colleges and universities ( HBCU), correctional facilities, homeless shelters and some non-profit community centers through July 2022. COVID-19 surveillance tests are recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the safe reopening of schools.
Affinity and Eurofins are coordinating the implementation of the OET program for these institutions in 26 northeastern and southern states and other territories, in conjunction with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with the US Department of Defense (DOD).
Unlike other federal programs to fund COVID-19 testing, OET has no upfront costs or paperwork. Eligible interested parties can simply visit Affinity’s OET website and click on the âRegister Todayâ button and provide some basic information. Affinity will then provide the resources and training necessary to establish a COVID-19 testing program at your facility. For questions or additional information, visit the website or contact Affinity 24/7 customer service staff directly (email: [emailÂ protected], phone: 1-844-631-0469).
Affinity Empowering is a leading life sciences organization in the area of ââoccupational health, population and disease management, specializing in providing technology solutions and supporting global health and development efforts. well-being. In addition to providing workplace health, mental health and cutting-edge support around substance use, the company has also become a major supplier of COVID-19 testing. Its back to normal program provides consultation, support, and thousands of onsite and home testing options to safely screen, monitor and test populations. She currently supports many business partners in a variety of fields, from government contracts to universities, top Fortune 100 companies, and major film and television production companies.
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