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Mendoza: State's 'test to stay' will no longer apply to after school activities

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Updated: November 30, 2021 01:11 PM
Created: November 30, 2021 01:10 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)—  New York State's "test to stay" policy will no longer apply to after-school activities, including sports, Monroe County's Public Health Director Dr.Michael Mendoza said Tuesday.

According to Mendoza, the strategy will now only apply to classes. He said the state's Department of Health threw the county a "curveball" with the change.

 Under the policy itself, if  your unvaccinated child is considered a close contact to someone who has tested positive, h e or she can come to school every day for testing, pending they aren't showing symptoms.

Students are tested first thing and if they’re negative, they can stay. Schools were allowed to start using the policy on Monday. Previously, the county was allowing test to stay for school-sponsored events outside of school hours. 

The strategy was the focus of a recent controversy involving McQuaid Jesuit High School football players and the Erie County Department of Health, which postponed the team's quarterfinal playoff game in the Buffalo area as it said the school could only play with vaccinated players.

[See the full timeline outlined here]

After the school sued last week, the county said unvaccinated players who tested negative would be allowed to play in the game, which was played last Tuesday.

As part of the county's new State of Emergency declared Tuesday, the county will make 750,000 rapid tests available to people living in the county. Mendoza said they will be targeting these tests towards the younger "school-aged" population.

This is a developing story.


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