As part of Onondaga County’s strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19 within schools, the county completed asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at each Fayetteville-Manlius School District school this week.
Of the 400 tests administered across the district, results yielded no positive cases.
“I appreciate the county continuing its efforts to offer asymptomatic testing in our schools and everyone who registered for a test so that we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools,” Superintendent Craig J. Tice said. “Working together as a team is clearly benefiting our students as we continue to be able to offer some in-person instruction for those families who are comfortable sending their children to school.”
Testing was voluntary and registration was required. On Monday, Jan. 25, the county conducted 215 tests total at Eagle Hill Middle School, Enders Road Elementary School and F-M High School. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the county completed a total of 185 tests at Fayetteville Elementary School, Mott Road Elementary School and Wellwood Middle School.
The on-site school testing was conducted under the supervision of the county. It was administered by district personnel (nurses, athletic trainers, etc.), along with emergency medical technicians from the Fayetteville and Manlius fire departments.
“I would like to thank the members of our community’s fire departments for collaborating with us on this most important initiative,” Tice said. “We could not have done this without their support.”
Remote students and symptomatic individuals were not tested as the county is looking to identify individuals in school settings who may be unaware that they have the virus. Remote students and symptomatic individuals interested in being tested may contact their health care provider or visit this website to find a testing location.