With the country’s school systems in turmoil since the start of the pandemic, several governors are starting to take sides in the debate between key national leaders pushing for children to attend lessons in person and many local officials hesitant to gather students before he is safe.
“We all want to protect the safety of the children in the schools,” said Redfield. “There is really a public health crisis. We pay by not having these schools open, and I think we really have to find that balance. ”
President Trump reiterated his threat of school funding on Friday morning. He pleaded for the reopening of the States in the middle of cases of rise.
On Thursday, 63,247 new Covid-19 cases were recorded, a record for a single day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The new peak comes as many states have set records for infection rates and hospitalizations and 33 states have seen an increase in new reported cases compared to last week.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer told reporters that the numbers would determine whether the state should step back from its plan to reopen, in which case students could not return to class as planned.
Arkansas postponed the first day of school from August 13-24 to give districts time to adjust to a blended learning plan, Governor Asa Hutchinson told reporters on Thursday.
In Florida, with his particularly high cases of new cases and hospitalizations, Governor Ron DeSantis has weighed the increase in the number of cases compared to the education gap that can result from students learning at home. . If Home Depot and Walmart can be opened, so can schools, he said.
And although the American Academy of Pediatrics ultimately wants students to return to school, Florida’s mandate to reopen schools goes against its recommendations, President Sally Goza said in an interview Wednesday morning on NPR.
“We know it has to be safe, and we know we have to try to reduce this transmission as much as possible,” said Goza.
Adults, not children, appear to be the key to the spread of the coronavirus. Schools should seriously consider staying open even when the virus spreads, two pediatric infectious disease specialists wrote in the medical journal Pediatrics on Friday.
“Almost six months after the start of the pandemic, the accumulated evidence and collective experience show that children, especially school-aged children, are much less important drivers of transmission (coronavirus) than adults” , said Drs. Benjamin Lee and William Raszka Jr. from the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
It is not known why children are less likely to transmit the virus to adults or other children. Lee and Raszka wrote that children may have milder symptoms, releasing fewer infectious particles, or that they may have had few opportunities to become infected, as many schools have closed by the time physical distancing orders have started.
Schools, write Lee and Raszka, “may be less important in community transmission than was initially feared.”
Stunning US figures show pandemic is not over
States relaxed restrictions and more people gathered in public spaces. But the country’s leading infectious disease expert warned Americans throughout the week that the country was still “on its knees” in the first wave.
“We never really got out of it,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci in an interview with SiriusXM Doctor Radio on Friday.
Dr. Peter Hotez says he is so alarmed by the increase in numbers that he has trouble sleeping.
“One (reason) is this steep acceleration,” the dean of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine told Hot CNA on Friday morning. “We are approaching the apocalyptic forecast (of Fauci) of 100,000 cases per day. ”
These growing cases are associated with an increase in hospitalizations and the use of intensive care, he said. Hospital staff are exhausted and fall ill too often.
“There is no national strategy,” he said, “and no interest in even initiating a national roadmap … We are in an emergency situation. We absolutely have to lock ourselves in several states. ”
North Carolina set a record for the highest number of hospitalizations on Thursday and posted the second highest number of cases for the state, said Governor Roy Cooper.
“Although North Carolina is not a booming hotspot like some other states, we could be if we did not stay strong in our fight,” he said.
Texas and California recorded the highest number of deaths from coronaviruses in a day. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott does not expect relief next week.
“We have to make sure there are lots of hospital beds available in the Houston area,” said Abbott on KRIV-TV.
Experts say the U.S. can stay open – strategically
While it is impossible to maintain strict restrictions against coronaviruses and return to a sense of normalcy, there is common ground, said Fauci.
“Rather than thinking in terms of going back to a full stop, I think we need to stop states in their opening process. By looking at what has not worked well and trying to mitigate it, ”said the director of the National Institute. of allergy and infectious disease said Steve Clemons, editor of The Hill’s.
The all-or-nothing approach to socialization and, in the case of Florida, too rapid reopening, has contributed to the return of the virus, said Fauci on Podcast-19, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly podcast on Covid-19.
“There are governors and mayors who have done it perfectly correctly,” he said. “But what happened was that a lot of people said,” You know, well, I’m going to be locked up or I’m going to let it all go. »»
Fauci stressed the risk of coming together, and on Thursday he recommended that the nation reassess the recommendations on when to reopen indoor bars and restaurants, saying they pose one of the “real problems”.
Even with the restrictions currently in place, only half of the bars in Nevada complied, said Governor Steve Sisolak. As of 11:59 p.m. local time on Friday, bars in some counties will revert to similar restrictions in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.
Precautions Become Mandates In “A Fight For Our Lives”
Local leaders go from encouraging precautions like masks to putting them on.
At least 36 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have a mask order, and some cities require it even when their states do not.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves made masks mandatory on Thursday for the 13 counties to see the most important peaks. Businesses will not be required to close, but social distance will also be required in these countries.
“Mississippi is fighting for our lives,” he said.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis told reporters Thursday that wearing a mask saves lives and businesses from closure.
“If you wait until you wear a mask until the governor asks you to,” said Polis, “I hope you heard what I told you, and I said it clearly. Wear a mask ***. “
CNN’s Nicky Robertson, Jamie Gumbrecht, Jason Hanna, Jen Christensen, Slover Morrison, Raja Razek, Pierre Meilhan, Naomi Thomas, Jacqueline Howard, Eileen McMenamin and Dave Alsup contributed to this report.