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Monday, September 20, 2021
Long Beach schools to suspend COVID-19 testing
The Long Beach Unified School District is suspending COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated students as it analyzes data from the first three weeks that shows low positivity rates.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- After finding low positivity test rates, Long Beach Unified is suspending COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students.

Superintendent Jill Baker says the district conducted about 60,000 tests of unvaccinated students during the first three weeks of school. The positivity rate was less than 1%.

"This low rate is a testament to the hard work families, students and staff have put in over the last few weeks," Baker wrote in a letter to the school community.

Testing will cease for at least one week while the district analyzes the data.