CDC endorses schools’ coronavirus ‘test-to-stay’ policies like in La Crosse

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are endorsing “test-to-stay” policies like one in the School District of La Crosse that allow close contacts of students infected with the coronavirus to remain in classrooms if they test negative.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday decided to more firmly embrace the approach, after research of such policies in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas found COVID-19 infections did not increase when schools switched to test-to-stay.

CDC’s had recommended that when someone in a school tests positive for COVID-19, those who were deemed to be in close contact with them should stay out of school for 10 days.

La Crosse schools switched to the policy in October.

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