City increases COVID-19 testing for unvaxxed students and teachers after dozens of school-linked infections pop up

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The City is boosting the frequency of public middle and high school COVID-19 testing later this month after dozens of cases of the virus were detected in schools during the first week of classes.

Starting the week of Sept. 27, 10 percent of unvaccinated middle and high school students and staff will undergo weekly COVID testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. The City’s previous COVID-19 testing policy only required unvaccinated school community members to be tested for the virus every two weeks.

In addition, the City will stop requiring the unvaccinated students to quarantine after a fellow student or school staffer in their classroom tests positive for the virus as long as they were masked and sitting three feet apart from their peers.

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