Miami And Mass. Schools Both Assessing Changes
August 21, 2020 – As concerns grow about coronavirus cases in schools and college campuses, administrators are responding with quarantines, virtual classes and new disinfection procedures.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools confirmed that 578 employees had tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, according to The Miami Herald. The number includes cases between March and July.
The district has 40,000 employees and is the county’s largest employer, the newspaper reported. The total has increased significantly since early July, when 100 employees tested positive.
The number of employees includes at least a dozen security guards, guards and food service workers, Phyllis LeFlore, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local, told the newspaper. 1184. The group represents bus drivers, restaurant workers and neighborhood maintenance workers.
“They bring it from home and they bring it to the workplace,” she says. “They don’t get it from the school system.”
The district will begin the online school year on August 31 and will reassess at the end of September if in-person classes are to resume in October.
Also on Wednesday, Massachusetts health officials announced that the flu shot is needed for children over 6 months of age if they attend daycare, preschool, kindergarten or university in the state, according to WHDH in Boston. Homeschooled and higher education students who are enrolled only in distant classes are exempt.
The new requirement aims to reduce the devastating burden of a joint COVID-19 and flu season this winter. Students are expected to receive a vaccine by December 31 to start classes in January, the news station reported.
“Getting the flu shot is more important than ever because flu symptoms are very similar to COVID-19, and flu prevention will save lives and preserve health resources,” Larry Madoff, Massachusetts Department of Health Medical Director. Bureau of Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Sciences, told WHDH.
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