Louisiana granted $140 million to do COVID-19 testing in schools

By: | July 29, 2021

Louisiana is offering widespread, routine COVID-19 testing on a voluntary basis to both public and private school communities during the 2021-2022 school year, but not all districts want the assistance.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has given Louisiana $140 million to do regular — sometimes weekly — testing of students, teachers and staff across the state throughout the school year. Studies show that routine testing can help control COVID-19 outbreaks more quickly in schools, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

The COVID-19 testing would come at no cost to the school districts or participants. In fact, individuals who take part in the weekly testing would get paid at least $5 per test, according to documents provided by the Department of Health. Schools will also receive money for participating in the program.

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