Massachusetts Governor Activates National Guard to Test School Children For Covid

Massachusetts Governor Activates National Guard to Test School Children For Covid


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) on Tuesday announced he activated the National Guard to help test school children for Covid.

Baker activated 450 members of the Massachusetts National Guard for two missions: 200 members will support Covid testing in K-12 schools and up to 250 member will be used to offset staffing shortages at the Department of Correction (DOC), the governor’s office said.

School Testing Mission

“The Commonwealth has developed a nation-leading COVID-19 testing program to help K-12 students remain in school safely. Over 2,200 schools have currently signed up to participate in at least one of three types of testing: test and stay, symptomatic testing, and pooled testing. Since the beginning of the school year, results from pooled testing show pool positivity rates

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