A graph charts COVID-19 cases since December of last year.

The new “test to stay” option for schools was quickly put into use on its first day of implementation early last week at a North Wasco County School District 21 school, and allowed several students to stay in school rather than go home to quarantine, according to a press release from the North Central Public Health District (NCPHD).

The test to stay program also allowed students to stay in school in Sherman County.