01 / 08 / 2021
  - 01:26:12 PM
Governor Baker Announces Pooled Testing Program For Schools
  

By MyFM's Ray Auger - Governor Baker announced today that a Pooled Testing program will be available to Massachusetts schools, on a weekly basis, to encourage schools to transition back to in-school learning.  “Pool testing will provide additional safeguards to stop the spread and give students, parents, teachers and staff confidence that it is safe to be in schools, and this new testing will give school officials more knowledge about what’s happening inside their buildings every day,” Baker said.

What is Pooled Testing?

Pooling samples involves mixing several samples together in a "batch" or pooled sample, then testing the pooled sample with a diagnostic test. This approach increases the number of individuals that can be tested using the same amount of resources. For example, four samples may be tested together, using only the resources needed for a single test. However, because samples are diluted, which could result in less viral genetic material available to detect, there is a greater likelihood of false negative results, particularly if not properly validated. This method of pooling samples works well when there is a low prevalence of cases, meaning more negative results are expected than positive results.
 

Contact Us

Phone: (508) 473-1490

Address: 258 Main Street
PO Box 421 Milford, MA 01757
Email: raywmrc@gmail.com

Public File
For assistance viewing the WMRC Public File please contact Tom McAuliffe E-mail: Tom@myfm1013.com or phone (508) 473-1490

Advertise With Us

We offer an integrated, multi-platform program that combines the power and effectiveness of radio with the innovation and influence of the web.  Click HERE to learn more.