At least 90,000 students have had to quarantine because of COVID-19 so far this school year

Just weeks into the new school year, at least 90,000 children in 19 states have had to or are currently quarantining or isolating after contracting COVID-19 or coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the disease.The disruptions have caused uncertainty for parents, students and school districts that had hoped to resume in-person instruction after a year marked by lockdowns and virtual learning.The Hill, Read More.

Louisiana And Mississippi Were Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Cases. Then Ida Struck

Louisiana was already battling its fourth coronavirus surge — and worst one yet — when Ida struck. Here’s what that means for hospitals, patients and those seeking shelter (and coronavirus tests):There were 2,450 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Saturday, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who noted that hospitalizations decreased 20% over the previous 10 days but still remained higher than at any point during the pandemic. NPR, Read More.

Surging COVID-19 Delta variant cases taxing hospitals and staff

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says he’s receiving calls from hospitals struggling to manage the explosion of COVID-19 Delta variant cases; one is running out of ventilators. He says nurses and doctors are contracting COVID-19 reducing staffing. Between Friday and Sunday, the department of health is reporting nearly 5,000 new cases and 13 deaths.MPB, Read More.

COVID-19 has killed thousands of Mississippians this year. All but 37 were unvaccinated.

Of the 2,400 Mississippians who died of COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and July 22 of this year, only 37 were fully vaccinated, according to data obtained from the Mississippi State Department of Health.That means 98.4% of the people who died from COVID-19 during that period were unvaccinated, while 1.6% were vaccinated people who experienced breakthrough infections. All 37 of the breakthrough deaths were from high-risk patients aged 65 or older. Mississippi Today, Read More.

Here are mask policies for all MS Coast school districts as COVID surges across state

Coast schools largely won’t require students or staff to wear masks this year. Thanks to a mandate by Gov. Tate Reeves, masks were required for all last school year. But Reeves has said repeatedly that he has no intention of requiring masks again.That counters CDC guidance that everyone, vaccinated or not, should wear masks in schools. Children under 12 are not eligible for the vaccine, and cases among kids nationally have jumped as the highly transmissible delta variant spreads.Sun Herald, Read More.

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