The US Department of Education on Monday released a back-to-school roadmap this fall, encouraging districts to invest in physical and emotional support for students.
Among the recommendations in the roadmap: that school systems follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking guidelines for schools, released last week in the face of increasing cases attributed to the delta variant. But a few states have already passed laws prohibiting schools from following these guidelines, others say they won’t enforce them.
A district in Arizona, where lawmakers have banned mask warrants, announced on June 30 that it would require masks indoors. The Phoenix Union School District opened its doors to masked students on Monday, and the Phoenix School District followed suit on Tuesday.
“Let’s all do our part to help protect our children, employees and their families by wearing face coverings in schools,” said a press release from the Phoenix Elementary School District. “We must take every precaution to protect the lives of those entrusted to us. “
In Florida, Duval County public schools will have a mask mandate with an opt-out option, even if Governor Ron DeSantis threatens district funding if schools issue one.
In Mississippi, Governor Tate Reeves has said he has no plans to impose masks in schools.
But due to the number of outbreaks and cases of COVID-19 throughout the school system, students and staff at all schools in the Lamar County School District will be required to wear masks indoors from Monday, the district said. The same is happening in Ohio’s largest school district, Columbia City Schools.
In Tennessee, Shelby County schools will keep their mask mandate in place, or even start distance school as appropriate this fall. The Speaker of the State House threatened to call an extraordinary session to ban it.
And a contingent of Oklahoma Legislative Democrats is calling for a special legislative session to repeal a new law that prevents school districts from imposing mask warrants unless a state of emergency is in effect. Tulsa public schools have required masks at all times for students and staff, regardless of their immunization status.
Also in the news:
►Country music star Garth Brooks has said he is reassessing whether to continue his stadium tour in light of the growing number of coronavirus cases across the country.
►The Biden administration on Tuesday issued a targeted moratorium on evictions in areas hardest hit by COVID-19, replacing a nationwide eviction freeze that expired on Saturday despite legal concerns about doing so unilaterally.
►The global number of new cases has been increasing for more than a month, with more than 4 million cases reported last week, according to an epidemiological update from the World Health Organization released on Tuesday. Deaths fell 8% last week globally, but have increased in some places.
►New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people to enter restaurants, gyms and indoor entertainment venues, a move approved by Biden, who continued to push for Tuesday. that more Americans get vaccinated.
Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 35.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 614,200 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 199.4 million cases and 4.2 million deaths. More than 165. million Americans – 49.7% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
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US reports 620,226 new coronavirus cases in one week, one case per second
The United States is again reporting more than one new case of coronavirus per second. Johns Hopkins University data released through Tuesday evening shows at least 620,226 new cases of coronavirus reported in the past week, far more than 604,800 seconds this week.
The United States had not reached this milestone since February 14, Valentine’s Day. At worst, the country was reporting nearly three cases per second on average in mid-January.
The number of Americans unlikely to get vaccinated decreases in the face of the delta variant
The number of Americans who are not at all likely to receive the vaccine has fallen to 15%, from 20% two months ago, according to a new Axios-Ipsos poll released Tuesday.
The drop can be largely attributed to an increase in cases in recent weeks, as the delta variant sweeps across the country, now accounting for over 90% of cases. To that end, three in four Americans are largely concerned about the emergence of the delta variant, and half believe returning to pre-COVID activities is risky.
White House COVID-19 Data Director Cyrus Shahpar Tuesday said on twitter that 453,000 doses were declared administered, including 301,000 first doses.
Hospitalizations in Louisiana on the rise largely because of the unvaccinated
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Louisiana reached record highs on Tuesday, with 2,112 largely unvaccinated people in struggling hospital beds and hospital officials describing facilities overwhelmed with patients.
The Louisiana Department of Health reported that 89% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 were not vaccinated.
The previous peak in people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state was 2,069 patients in early January, after holiday gatherings spurred a spike in cases and before vaccines became widely available. But the highly contagious delta variant of the virus is propelling a record number of hospitalizations at a faster rate.
Health officials say the influx of COVID-19 patients is hurting the ability of hospitals to treat people with heart attacks, injuries from car crashes and other health conditions.
“We ask the ambulances not to come to our house, to divert to another facility. There is no other facility to go to, ”said Michele Sutton, president and CEO of the North Oaks Health System in Hammond. “So when I do patrols it’s not uncommon to see five, six stretchers lining up in the hallway of our emergency room with the EMS drivers waiting to unload, but I have no room to put them. “
Louisiana has the highest growth in COVID-19 cases per capita in the country, according to Governor John Bel Edwards.
South Korea on Tuesday reported two new cases of the delta-plus variant, a variant according to some experts more transmissible than the original delta variant. First identified in Europe in March, the delta plus variant refers to the addition of the K417N spike protein mutation, also found in some sub-strains of the alpha variant, according to a study UK report published in July.
“To date, there is no clear evidence that it provides enough benefit to the virus to allow it to dominate the original delta variant,” Colin Angus, senior researcher at the University, told the Washington Post. of Sheffield. “So while he is clearly here, there is no clear sign that he has gained a foothold on existing variants of the virus.”
The variant appears more in young people, Angus said, but those vaccinated still show an immune response to the variant in a small data set. But he didn’t seem to gain a foothold in Britain.
But Richard Novak, head of the infectious disease division at the University of Illinois Health, told the Post it was too early to say if it was more contagious.
Contribution: Associated Press