ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — About three months into the academic year, Orange County Public Schools has about the same amount of COVID-19 cases as it did during the last school year.
The Orange County Health Department is launching a new pilot program to help the district make informed decisions.
“We are in the process of selecting one school where we will test 10% of the student population weekly,” Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino said.
The health department will be measuring the level of virus spread without symptoms in students.
Pino said the project will be at a high school chosen by the health department and the school board.
Consent from parents will be required for their children to be tested once a week.
The district and health department are still working out how to choose the 10% of students.
This type of surveillance is something officials have wanted to do for a while, but when the case numbers were so high, the health department just didn’t have the time or resources for it.