55 New York school staff test positive for coronavirus, mayor says


NEW YORK CITY – At least 55 New York school staff have tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday, as teachers and students prepare for the start of the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic.The mayor said 16,982 school staff had been tested, for a positive rate of 0.32%.

The free COVID-19 test for students and staff is a cornerstone of the city’s school reopening plan. Anyone participating in the blended learning program, which involves a weekly blend of in-person and distance learning, is required to participate in a testing program agreed to in an agreement between the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers.

De Blasio said 22 priority testing sites have been set up at health facilities and hospitals in New York City and results are expected to be returned within 24 to 48 hours.

About 98% of the 16,982 test results discussed on Monday were returned within 48 hours, the mayor added.

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