Erie County Department of Health issues update on testing program to stay

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BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – The Erie County Department of Health has released an update on the test schedule to stay.

In November, the county announced a pilot testing program to stay with the Grand Island Central School District.

In December, the CDC approved test-to-stay policies that allow close contacts of students who test positive for COVID-19 to stay in the classroom if they are negative. About a week after the CDC’s approval, Erie County gave districts the green light to implement test programs to stay.

The county postponed a meeting scheduled to review the residency test with school officials on Wednesday, saying it needed more time to review changes made by the state’s health department regarding new isolation and quarantine guidelines. On Thursday, ECDOH released an update on the test to stay.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has released significant changes to its isolation and quarantine guidelines late evening of Tuesday January 4th. As the Erie County Health Department’s Epidemiology Office began to review this documentation, it was quickly determined that ECDOH needed more time to make significant changes to the hospital stay test protocols. Erie County (TTS) to get ready for the whole school reunion scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

– ECDOH

ECDOH said the meeting with school officials will now take place on Friday afternoon and the rescheduling of the meeting will not delay the proposed start date of the program which is slated for mid-January.

ECDOH and its school team look forward to the rescheduled All Schools meeting on January 7, to review TTS protocols and applicable NYSDOH guidelines, answer questions from administrators, and define the process for ordering test kits. and personal protective equipment (PPE).

– ECDOH

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