Rhode Island to close 6 school COVID-19 testing sites

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is shutting down six state-run COVID-19 testing sites that since September have exclusively served school and child care students and staff.

The state Department of Health says the sites will not be needed as testing will be available on-site at schools in the fall, and because testing is now more accessible in traditional health care settings.

The sites that will end operations on July 31 are in Bristol, Cranston, Lincoln, Providence, Smithfield, and Westerly.

The state’s plan for full in-person learning for the fall includes on-site testing, with school districts able to design and resource their plans.