Colorado to make rapid COVID tests available to schools


January 8, 2021

Colorado will make up to a million rapid COVID-19 tests a month available to school districts, charter schools, and private schools as part of its effort to get students back to the classroom and keep them there.

Gov. Jared Polis announced the initiative Wednesday. Expanded testing capacity for school districts was one of the recommendations of a back-to-school task force in December. Ideally every teacher and school staff member would be tested twice a week, according to Tom Gonzales, the head of Larimer County Public Health and a member of the task force.

The hope is that by identifying positive cases more quickly, those people can isolate before they expose many others. That would reduce the number of people who have to quarantine, as well as reduce the risk of transmission.


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