Ten months into the COVID-19 global pandemic, Washingtonians know the drill. To avoid spreading the coronavirus to extended family, friends, or neighbors, you’ve got to wear a mask and keep your distance. And if you do have symptoms of the virus, you’ve got to get tested.
That’s why the Elaine Ellis Center of Health is providing COVID-19 testing at IDEA twice a month, with no doctor’s orders required, to any scholars, staff, or scholar and staff member families who register in advance. Individuals who are tested must present their insurance cards and the clinic will bill their insurance for the test.
"Elaine Ellis Center of Health (EECH) considers it important to offer COVID-19 testing at IDEA because it aligns with our organization's mission to support the community by providing access to efficient and comprehensive healthcare services," said EECH Founder and CEO Timothy Walker. "During this health emergency, EECH is committed to removing the logistical barriers to secure COVID-19 testing. We are helping our community partners like IDEA have the capacity to focus on student development and instruction in this virtual environment as we bring this service to them."
Testing takes place in the IDEA cafeteria on the first and third Thursdays of each month, from 9am to 11am. Anyone who wishes to be tested must register online using this form https://forms.gle/5PyjdsEYMtnCwJNc8 no later than the Friday before the desired test date.
Scholars who want to get tested without a parent present must have a parental consent form completed and emailed in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“IDEA appreciates Elaine Ellis Center of Health’s commitment to serving our community by providing testing for our scholars and staff and their families,” said IDEA Chief of Operations Nicole Seward. “It feels good to be able to offer IDEA families another resource during this pandemic. We have partnered with Elaine Ellis in the past to offer student physicals but this project means a lot more to the IDEA community and staff.”