Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) Niagara Falls School Superintendent, Mark Laurrie appeared on WBEN's Harline Sunday and said that there will be more COVID-19 testing available Monday after a total of 10 positive results for the virus at Maple Avenue Elementary last week.
Laurrie said that three cases were teachers, two were parents and five were students out of the 225 total tests conducted.
"The decision to close the building for an undetermined amount of time was the right call and now we are authorizing more testing starting tomorrow outside of Maple Avenue so that we can really get assurances that everything has been taken care of."
The testing will take place from Noon until 4:00 p.m. at the school located at 952 Maple Avenue in Niagara Falls. The tests will be saliva based so those who wish to be tested should not eat, drink or smoke 30 minutes prior to testing.
A Memorial Medical Center physician will provide prescriptions authorizing the tests, which are supported by community development block grant funding allocated by the City of Niagara Falls. This will be the medical center’s second round of testing at the school.
Monday’s testing will be performed by collecting saliva samples for analysis and will be conducted at the school’s side door near the parking lot. Those to be tested should not brush their teeth, eat, drink, vape or smoke for at least 30 minutes before they are tested.
While primarily intended for Maple Avenue School faculty, staff, students and their families Laurrie said nobody from the community who wants to be tested will be turned away.
Pre-registration is recommended. To register or for information, call 278-4496.