Governor Baker Activating National Guard To Help Schools With COVID-19 Testing

By Glen McGowan –

Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker announced that he was activating 200 members of the National Guard to expand COVID-19 testing support at schools across the Massachusetts.

Gavernor Baker says, “The Guard members will begin training this week and begin administering COVID-19 testing in selected schools on Monday, October 18.”

The new “School Testing Mission” the Governor says is “A nation-leading COVID-19 testing program to help K-12 students remain in school safely. Over 2,200 schools have currently signed up to participate in at least one of three types of testing: test and stay, symptomatic testing, and pooled testing. Since the beginning of the school year, results from pooled testing show pool positivity rates of less than 1 percent, and test and stay, which is used to test close contacts, has saved approximately 25,000 school days for students who would have otherwise had to quarantine.”

Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, in a statement said “The National Guard was there when we needed them to drive some children to school due to a nationwide bus driver shortage, and now we are thankful they are once again willing to serve the children of the Commonwealth with COVID-19 testing.”

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