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NYC school district to test monthly for coronavirus

Virus Outbreak
Posted at 1:19 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 13:19:58-04

NEW YORK CITY — The New York City school district rolled out a monthly plan to test students and staff for the coronavirus.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city plans to do more than 100,000 virus tests on students a month, at a cost of between $78 and $90 per test.

The nation’s largest school district will test 10% to 20% of students and staff in every building monthly beginning Thursday, the same day the final wave of the district’s more than 1 million students began returning to brick-and-mortar classrooms.

De Blasio announced the plan as part of an agreement with the teachers’ union to avert a strike. At least 79 Department of Education employees have died from the coronavirus.

Los Angeles public schools launched a similar $150 million testing program.

The CDC said coronavirus in school-age children in the U.S. has been rising since early September when many returned to classrooms.