SP government will test 19,300 students and Education professionals

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Collective: Initiative starts on Tuesday (13) and will estimate frequency of infection by coronavirus in resumption of classroom classes



* Updated at 1:17 pm.

abstract in 3 topics

  • Testing for coronavirus infections in the state school system will be carried out throughout this month
  • Initially, it will reach 10,000 students and 9,300 education professionals
  • Objective is to identify the frequency of contagion by the new coronavirus during the period back to face-to-face classes

Governor João Doria announced on Wednesday (7) the start of testing for coronavirus infections in the state school system. The procedure will be carried out throughout this month and initially foresees reaching 10,000 students and 9,300 education professionals from state schools.

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“The Government will start testing, next week, students and servers in the state education network right after the holiday. The objective is to map the levels of infection in the state school system so that little by little and in a safe way we have all the procedures followed by Health in São Paulo ”, declared the Governor.

Initially, the tests will be done on students and professionals from one hundred schools, distributed in 20 cities in different regions of the state. The selection of participating school units will be made by lot.

In each school, one hundred students and all servers will be tested. The application of RT-PCR tests will also be extended to people without symptoms due to the possibility of infections at an early stage of contagion.

“With this measure, we will be able to diagnose possible cases of COVID-19 in the school environment and briefly recommend social isolation for full recovery of the person’s health, also preventing the virus from being transmitted to other people living in these units”, said the Secretary of State of Health, Jean Gorinchteyn.

The goal is to identify the frequency of contagion by the new coronavirus during the period back to face-to-face classes – the return happens as of this Wednesday, optionally, for high school students and Youth and Adult Education. The measure is conditional on authorizations from city halls and approval of plans to retake each unit in the Education Secretariat.

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