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The Biden administration is sending $10B to states to expand COVID-19 testing in schools

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  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Wednesday $10 billion will be going to states to expand coronavirus screening tests for teachers, staff and students.
  • The funds were approved as part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that passed last week.
  • “COVID-19 testing is critical to saving lives and restoring economic activity,” HHS acting Secretary Norris Cochran said in a statement.

The Biden administration is providing billions of dollars to states to implement COVID-19 testing in schools as part of the administration’s push to reopen classrooms safely for in-person learning, CNN reports. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Wednesday $10 billion will be going to states to expand coronavirus screening tests for teachers, staff and students with the aim of reopening classes in the final months of the school year. The screening program is focused on testing students and staff to detect asymptomatic cases and limit the spread of the virus. 


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The funds were approved as part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that passed last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also release guidance on how to carry out surveillance testing in schools and other communal settings. 

“COVID-19 testing is critical to saving lives and restoring economic activity,” HHS acting Secretary Norris Cochran said in a statement. 

“As part of the Biden administration’s national strategy, HHS will continue to expand our capacity to get testing to the individuals and the places that need it most, so we can prevent transmission of the virus and defeat the pandemic,” he said. 

Additionally, $2.25 billion dollars will be used to ramp up COVID-19 testing among underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minority groups and those living in rural areas. 

The CDC last month released guidance on how schools can safely reopen, focusing on mitigation measures such as universal mask-wearing by students, staff and teachers as well as social distancing. The CDC recommends schools adjust whether they will offer full in-person teaching or hybrid learning depending on the level of community spread.


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