Oakland Unified says mass holiday testing found nearly 1,000 cases among staff and students – CBS San Francisco


OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland Unified School District officials credited a COVID-19 mass testing effort during the holidays to help find nearly 1,000 cases among students and staff before school resumed Monday .

OUSD officials said they learned 985 positive tests between New Years Eve and the start of classes. Of the positive tests, 920 were for students and staff, while another 65 were family or other community members.

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“While we know that the omicron variant is spreading across the country, we are delighted to see this testing regimen working as we had hoped, keeping the sick at home,” Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said in a press release Tuesday. “The high number of tests performed and the results reported show that members of our community are looking out for their own health and that of everyone around them. “

Much of the testing was done through 41,000 home tests sent to families before and during the winter holidays. Through home testing, 21,000 results were submitted to the district’s COVID-19 case tracking system, of which 472 were positive, representing a positivity rate of 2.2%.

OUD officials believe the actual number of home tests performed was much higher, saying many families who tested negative had not downloaded them.

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Along with the home tests, the district conducted tests at school sites during the holidays. The district also hosted a special testing clinic at Fremont High School on Sunday and distributed 350 additional home tests.

During the Sunday clinic, 74 positive cases were found, officials said.

The OUSD also reports that 269 teachers were reported as absent on Monday, many of whom were linked to COVID-19. The district stressed that it was prepared for a large number of absences, responding with replacements and deploying central office staff as needed.

“When it comes to staff absences, we’ve seen high numbers, but they’re still manageable,” Johnson-Trammell said.

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OUSD said it continues to expect a “high level of absences” this week and possibly even into next week.


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