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Erie County program could help unvaccinated students stay in school

Eileen Elibol
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

The Erie County Department of Health has introduced a Test to Stay program for area school students.

The program could reduce the number of unvaccinated students forced to quarantine at home because of COVID exposure even though they never become symptomatic. Qualifying students would rapid test each morning for five days. If they test negative, they can attend school that day.

The state is distributing 2 million antigen tests for the program.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz believes the county could initiate the program in mid-January.

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