News Flash: COVID Testing in Baltimore City Schools

The school system's testing program has become a model for schools nationwide

May 12, 2021

The Baltimore Sun recently published an article on the effect of COVID testing in Baltimore and how the school system became a national leader in testing:

With more people without symptoms now being identified through the city school testing regime, the spread of the virus might be slowed in the city as a whole, said Caitlin Rivers, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. While she said she is not aware of studies that have looked at the real-world evidence of school testing on slowing transmission, she believes it would have some effect.

“Public schools are deeply connected to communities, and so using them as a touch point to identify infections and outbreaks makes a lot of sense,” she said.

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