A single unvaccinated teacher at a Northern California school triggered a COVID-19 outbreak in May that, including a total of 18 students, the reported Friday.
News of the startling, rapid spread in the school and to students’ families emerged as administrators grapple with vaccine and mask regulations for another school year in the face ofblocking mask mandates.
At leastacross the nation have already been quarantined at the start of this school year after contracting COVID-19 or being potentially exposed to the coronavirus. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children accounted for more than last week.
The recent case examined by the CDC involved a Marinfrom kindergarten through eighth grade.
Although teachers and students were required to, the unidentified teacher who caused the infections had removed her cover “on occasion” to read aloud in her class, the CDC noted. The study indicated that student desks were placed six feet apart, windows were left open, and all classrooms had high-efficiency .
The teacher worked on May 19 and 20 while experiencing earlyand taking sick leave. By May 22, students also began experiencing symptoms, the .
Of the teacher’s 24 students, 12.
An additional six students in another grade also. in both grades were also infected. Three of the adults who tested positive were , according to the CDC.
“The introduction of the virus into the classroom by a teacher … while she was both symptomatic and unvaccinated, and who was unmasked when reading aloud to the class, resulted in cases within the classroom, across the school and among families of students,”briefing Friday.
“We know how to protect our kids in school,” she added. “We have the tools.” Dr. Lisa Santora, deputy health officer for Marin County, saidsince January, but many had not done it. “We saw firsthand that . It was going to be the reverse,” Santora told CNN.
The CDC said that among those who, 81% reported symptoms, including fever, cough, headache, and sore throat. No one was hospitalized.
The outbreak “highlights the importance of vaccinating school staff members who are in close indoor contact with children ineligible for vaccination as schools reopen,” the CDC study warned, as well as the delta variant’s “increased transmissibility and potential for rapid spread, especially in unvaccinated populations.”
In addition to getting vaccinated, “strict adherence to non-pharmaceutical, routine testing, facility ventilation, and staying home when symptomatic — are important to ensure safe in-person learning in schools,” the study added.
Meanwhile, Republican Govs.of Texas and of Florida, among others, have signed executive orders banning mask mandates in schools, even as the number of COVID-19 cases skyrockets in their states.
A court blocked DeSantis’ mask mandate ban on Friday, ruling that he had. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper — are restricted when they negatively affect others. People have a right to drink alcohol, for example, but are barred from others’ lives and safety, he noted.
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