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62,000 Los Angeles students and staff tested positive for Covid before return to school

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) requires that all students and employees present a negative test result before returning.

It is the second largest district in the country, with more than 640,000 students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

About 414,000 test results were recorded, for a positivity rate of 14.99%. That’s well below Los Angeles County as a whole, where the positivity rate has topped 22%.

The updated figures are expected to be released on Monday evening, district spokeswoman Shannon Haber told CNN.

“We’re going all systems,” Haber said of the resumption of classes Tuesday. About 4,000 accredited district staff are ready to teach if needed.

The basic test requirement was put into effect at the start of the school year in August. The district offered PCR testing on campuses over the past week. Take-home rapid antigen tests were also distributed.


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