CDC Endorses 'Test to Stay' School COVID-19 Strategy

Headline Roundup December 17th, 2021

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed a “test to stay” policy allowing close contacts of students with COVID-19 to continue in-person schooling if they test negative.

The CDC released two studies showing the effectiveness of the strategy, which some schools across the country had already implemented. Instead of quarantining unvaccinated students who come in contact with an infected person, “test to stay” allows asymptomatic students who test negative twice in a 7-day period to continue in-person schooling. Those who test positive, however, would still be required to isolate. “Test-to-Stay is another valuable tool in a layered prevention strategy that includes promoting vaccination of eligible students and staff,” a CDC statement said.

Coverage was widespread across the spectrum on Friday. Coverage in some right-rated outlets highlighted recent school closures. 

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At a White House briefing on Friday, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said schools should limit quarantines by requiring testing for unvaccinated close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

It's a practice known as "test to stay."

"In the 'test to stay' protocol, there's increased testing of close contacts after a COVID-19 exposure, and that testing needs to be at least twice in the seven-day period after exposure," Walensky explained. "If exposed children meet a certain criteria and continue to test negative, they can...

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From the Left
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Students who have been exposed to the coronavirus can safely continue in-person learning if they are regularly tested for the virus at school, avoiding disruptive at-home quarantines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The CDC released two studies that show the effectiveness of what’s known as “test-to-stay.” School districts across the country have tried this strategy, though it is not widely used.

“These studies demonstrate that test-to-stay works to keep unvaccinated children in school safely,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters Friday. She called it “a promising and now...

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From the Right
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said unvaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 can remain in school if they undergo testing — as three New York City schools closed in one day.

The “test to stay” approach allows kids who aren’t jabbed and have been in “close contact” with an infected peer to keep going to class if they test negative for the virus at least twice during the week after exposure, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House press briefing.

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