ITHACA, NY (WSKG) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wants schools to adopt test-to-stay programs. But with less local contact tracing and changes to the isolation process, some counties say a test-to-stay program might not make sense anymore. If you’re not familiar with test-to-stay, here’s a quick rundown. If an unvaccinated student is exposed to someone at school who tests positive, they would normally have to quarantine. But with test-to-stay, the school can opt to test that student instead. And if they test negative and don’t have any symptoms, they can stay in school.
Upstate counties are reporting challenges with finding these testing supplies and enough staff to administer them.