More than 2,000 students, teachers and staff members across five states have been quarantined after at least 230 positive coronavirus cases were reported.
Over the last four weeks, there has been a 90% increase in Covid-19 cases among children, according to a new analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association that will be updated weekly.
This has forced school districts to navigate whether to re-open.
According to CNN,
In Georgia’s Cherokee County School District, more than 1,100 students, teachers and staff members are under quarantine after Covid-19 cases were reported. The district began in-person learning August 3, and as of Tuesday reported 59 positive cases. The two-week quarantine period has impacted more than a dozen schools.
And in nearby Gwinnett County, the state’s largest school district had to quarantine staff before their doors even opened. At least 263 employees are in quarantine after 28 confirmed cases as of August 5. School began virtually in Gwinnett County on Wednesday.
Former Georgia teacher Miranda Wicker told CNN’s Don Lemon,
“It doesn’t sound like this was a successful reopening.”
For Marie Tichenor, following guidelines from the CDC meant seeing her students in person would be especially risky for her family.
Her husband has an autoimmune disease, she said, which places one at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19.
Tichenor told Lemon,
“I know as an educator of small children, it’s going to be very difficult to social distance.”
“Even if the kids kept on their mask and didn’t touch each other and stayed six feet apart … it’s little things like on the first day of school, children cry. A child will ask me to tie his or her shoes. My gut reaction is going to go near that child, to comfort that child, to help that child.”
“I’m compromising my family.”
Tichenor said she received a medical waiver to work remotely since a return to in-person learning meant She was one of more than 400 teachers in Elizabeth, New Jersey, who asked their district to move to virtual learning this fall.
Dr. Sean O’Leary, vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases told Anderson Cooper,
“It’s not fair to say that this virus is completely benign in children.
We’ve had 90 deaths in children in the US already, in just a few months. Every year we worry about influenza in children, and there are roughly around 100 deaths in children from influenza every year.”
When you see a lot more infections in the general population, you’re going to see a lot more infections in children.
“We all have to take this virus seriously, including taking care of our children.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he isn't pleased with the state of the pandemic in the US.— CNN (@CNN) August 13, 2020
“We're starting to see the inkling of the upticks in the percent of the tests that are positive… that's a predictor that you're going to have more surges,” he said. https://t.co/fU5LmysFwG