Seattle-area's Pierce County studying rapid COVID-19 testing in schools

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County Health Department reported 411 new cases of the virus Saturday. That's the highest one day total since the pandemic began. So for now on Lee kindergarten and first grade students will continue in person instruction. The district has also asked any families who traveled for Thanksgiving or attended a gathering outside their immediate household to keep their child home for two weeks, just in case there were exposed. This is a very difficult pandemic for for education Starting today, Assistant Superintendent John Hellwig says. They're going to be offering the auntie gin chest to the roughly 2000 students and staff who are attending in person. They would get that test weekly. It's a pilot program with a goal to have 100% participation. But if not enough, people buy in the county says it would probably end the program.

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