Schools across the nation have reopened, posing new challenges for state and local leaders trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 97,078 children tested positive for COVID-19 in the final two weeks of July; these numbers are expected to continue rising now that schools are open. The upcoming flu season is expected to strain schools further and potentially overwhelm the health care system, including laboratories conducting both flu and COVID-19 diagnostic tests. [Included is] other countries’ experience reopening their schools, as well as strategies being implemented across the U.S. in preparation for flu season.

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