62,000 students and school staff in Los Angeles test positive for COVID-19

Roughly 62,000 students and staff in the Los Angeles Unified School District have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the district’s return to school on Tuesday.

As CNN reported, 414,000 test results have been recorded in the district, the nation’s second largest. Of those tests, roughly 15 percent have tested positive. That is well below Los Angeles County as a whole, where the positivity rate has spiked above 22%.

Updated numbers are expected to be released Monday evening, district spokesperson Shannon Haber told CNN.

“We’re all systems go,” school district spokesperson Shannon Haber told CNN. According to Haber, about 4,000 credentialed staff members are prepared to jump in to teach if needed.

All students in the district are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school this week.

The baseline test requirement was put into effect at the beginning of the school year in August. The district has been offering PCR testing on campuses over the past week. Take-home rapid antigen tests were also distributed.

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