97,000 Children Reportedly Tested COVID+ In Two Weeks As Schools Plan To Reopen
According to CBS News, nearly 100,000 children “tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatric finds. Just over 97,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus from July 16 to July 30, according to the association.”
CBS News’ Michael George stated that “out of almost 5 million reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S.,” more than 338,000 were children.
Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Tina Hartert “hopes increased testing of children will help determine what role they play in transmission, as school districts around the country return to some form of school. She is leading a government-funded study that saw DIY testing kits sent to some 2,000 families,” CBS News wrote.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio “announced a return to in-person schooling in the fall and pledged officials ‘have worked incessantly to get this right,’” the report continued.
“More than 25 children died of the coronavirus in July alone. Pressure to get kids back into the classroom has left superintendents in more than 13,000 different school districts across the country to figure out how to keep children safe amid a myriad of public health advisories, and handle learning differences,” CBS News reported.
Niles, Michigan Superintendent Dan Applegate is hoping “Plexiglas could be a solution for children with speech impediments to be able to participate in class,” and in Indiana, Lawrence Township is “cleaning school buses with a hospital-grade disinfectant spray for students still needing rides to school,” wrote CBS News. “However, they are not expecting many students to get on the bus — 35% of children in the area are expected to learn remotely, while other school districts in the U.S. will not open at all."