25,000 Chicago Public School COVID tests rendered ‘invalid’ as shipping issues mount

Thousands of coronavirus tests carried out by children in the Chicago Public Schools system were deemed “invalid” after testing accumulated in FedEx drop boxes.

“We don’t even know if they’re going to make it or if they’re going to be compromised just sitting here unsupervised,” said Chicago Public Schools parent Lorena Paredes. says CBS Chicago.

Chicago data Public schools watch websites 35,816 trials were completed between December 26 and January 1, but 24,986 were deemed “invalid”, the outlet reported.

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The thousands of tests were taken before the children returned to class on Monday after the holidays. Tests must be processed within 48 hours.

Testing provider COLOR told parents that testing was delayed due to “holiday-related weather and shipping issues”. The provider told CBS Chicago that it is supporting extended test drop-off hours and more testing this week.

“When we saw the photos of tests stacked outside the drop boxes last week, right there, it was a signal that we had a problem,” Mercedes Carnethon, vice president of medicine, told CBS. prevention at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Chicago.

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FedEx did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the matter.

CPS encouraged all students to get tested before returning to class, but it was not mandatory. Parents say that students who do not show up for class are marked absent, according to WGN9.

CPS’ media relations team did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the number of students who missed classes this week due to invalid tests.

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“What a nightmare,” Carnethon said. “The strategy of using a mail test during a busy time of year for the Postal Service, and when weather delays occur, was a flawed strategy from the start. And there was a great risk that what we have seen happen today, which is that many children have returned to classrooms and we don’t know their status.”

The Chicago teachers’ union is expected to hold a vote later Tuesday on remote learning due to the spike in cases, which has sparked outrage from some parents.

“We’re just leaning on public health advice and at all levels from public health experts they’re saying in-person school is safe and should be prioritized, but hey, it’s never good enough for the Chicago Teachers Union,” Chicago father Ryan Griffin said “Fox and Friends” Tuesday.

“They will never pass up an opportunity to exert their influence, and they will have numerical superiorities, and unfortunately it is our children here in Chicago who are paying the consequences,” he continued.

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