Counties Happy to Get More COVID School Tests, But Need More Personnel

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Local governments are happy to get 400,000 coronavirus test kits. They just need the resources, however, to actually get the testing done in schools.

“We as the front line need to understand what is the state’s expectation, what is the staff responsibilities, how we’re going to roll this out effectively with thousands upon thousands of school buildings across the state of New York,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

The priority for testing in large part is for schools as some districts have had to close buildings amid positive COVID cases and turn to several weeks of remote learning to stamp out possible transmission. The tests will be for schools in so-called “yellow zones” — considered buffer areas where COVID cases have risen, but not to the point where schools must be closed.

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