Boston Non-Profit Helps State Coordinate Pool Covid-19 Testing In Schools

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Boston-based non-profit foundation is helping the state as it enables schools across the Commonwealth to get “pool-tested” for Covid-19.  

Throughout the pandemic Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has spoken about the importance of pool testing, which is a system where multiple Covid-19 tests are placed in the same "batch," and if the batch comes back positive, each person then gets an individual test to confirm which people have the virus.

In order to help coordinate those tests, the Shah Family Foundation has partnered with Massachusetts to create a new website titled "Covid-19 Educational Testing."

According to Shah Foundation Executive Director Ross Wilson, the website helps school districts identify participating locations by "[providing] resources from all the districts around the state who are doing testing."

Wilson added that he hopes that the website will help more districts across the Commonwealth enroll in weekly testing. He said currently only about a quarter of students and staff in public schools across the Commonwealth are signed up.

"We’re trying to return kids to schools safely, we want families to feel safe, and teachers to feel safe, and students to feel safe in school," he said. "And it’s really important that our students get back to in-person learning.”

WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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