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CDC: Schools should prioritize COVID testing for symptomatic staff, students

Education Dive |

Interim considerations issued Oct. 13 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for school-based novel coronavirus testing suggest schools prioritize testing for students and staff who are showing symptoms and for those who had close contact with confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients.

Schools may consider repeat or expanded testing where the risk of transmission is moderate to high, but the CDC does not offer any specific recommendations for entry or universal testing because it is not known if such testing provides additional reduction in transmissions.

The recommendations also emphasize prioritizing testing for schools where the community is experiencing a disproportionate increase in cases, where there’s limited access to testing, or with moderate to high proportions of racial and ethnic groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.