CONCORD, NH (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend a program that funds COVID-19 testing in schools.
The school of epidemiology and laboratory capacity reopening program is scheduled to end in July.
COVID-19 cases have plunged nationwide. Sununu is calling for a one-year extension to the program, saying it has been “essential” in mitigating the impact of the virus on communities.
“This program has helped New Hampshire schools keep their doors open while promoting a safer and healthier return to in-person learning for students and educators,” he said in a letter to the CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
“New Hampshire schools are already looking ahead to the next calendar year and preparing for future variations that may arise. We shouldn’t leave teachers and educators behind by removing the option to receive critical funding that will help support their efforts,” he wrote.
He said the program works because it is “flexible and scalable.” States, school districts and individual schools can implement testing protocols that meet the specific needs of their community and can scale programs up or down based on transmissibility testing data.
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