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Gov. Parson repeats call for in-person school, updates on new rapid tests

Gov. Mike Parson once again urged school administrators Wednesday to make plans for in-person classes.

He said 88 percent of public and charter schools are offering some version of in-person learning, which accounts for 75 percent of Missouri’s students.

“This is critical to their learning and development, and we’d like to see 100 percent of our schools providing in-person options in the near future,” said Parson.

The governor also said four new machines for the new saliva-based COVID-19 tests developed at Washington University will arrive at the state lab this week. There is no word yet on where those machines will be sent afterward. Parson said the federal government will also send three million Abbott rapid tests to Missouri by the end of the year.

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