Utah’s high school COVID-19 testing programs saved in-person instruction days and facilitated the continuation of extracurricular activities during a period of high COVID-19 incidence among high-school aged students, this study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.
Utah implemented two COVID-19 testing programs:
From November 30, 2020, to March 20, 2021, more than 59,550 students received testing, and 1,886 (3.2%) had a positive result.
Testing facilitated the completion of nearly 95% of extracurricular competition events and saved an estimated 109,752 in-person instruction student days.
School-based COVID-19 testing should be considered a prevention strategy to identify infections in schools and sustain in-person instruction and extracurricular activities, the researchers say.Read More >>