“The spread of respiratory infections”… temporary school closures

Some schools in Kentucky and Texas, USA, have decided to temporarily close schools due to the increase in respiratory virus infections such as Corona 19 and the flu. According to reports such as메이저놀이터 ABC and CNN on the 26th (local time), the Lee County School District in Kentucky, where about 800 students are enrolled, closed for two days on the 22nd and 23rd, and switched to remote classes instead of face-to-face classes on the 24th and 25th

. did. The district started a new semester on the 8th, and on the 21st, about two weeks later, the overall school attendance rate dropped to 81%, and 14 faculty members took sick leave. The district notified parents that schools would be closed due to “widespread illness in the region.” Scott Lockard, director of public health for the Kentucky River District, which governs Lee County, told ABC News, “There are a lot of reports of cases of COVID-19 and influenza (flu). explained. In particular, he said that the number of positive tests for Corona 19 is on the rise, and the actual number of infected people could be higher if you add cases that were not officially reported after being positive with a self-test kit at home. The Magofin County School District in Kentucky also closed schools on the 24th and 25th and conducted remote classes.

Pete Shepherd, director of the region’s public health department, said that during the first two weeks of school, students and staff had reported cases of COVID-19 infection and diseases such as streptococcus, which causes tonsillitis and sore throats.

In particular, it explained that a total of 40 positive cases of Corona 19 were confirmed last week, and the attendance rate fell to 83% on the 23rd, leading to the decision to close the school.

Shepard said last week many parents called to inform them that their children were sick, and estimated that “there may have been a lot more cases of the flu” compared to the COVID-19 period, when mask-wearing prevented several respiratory illnesses.

Lunge School District in Carnes County, Texas, also sent a letter to parents on the 21st saying that schools would be closed for a week.

“The safety of our students, staff and community is our top priority,” said Superintendent Hector Dominguez Jr. in a statement.

According to the latest report from the Texas Department of Health, the number of confirmed cases of Corona 19 during the week of the 13th to 19th was 9,431, an increase of 22.3% from the previous week’s 7,711. The number of suspected corona19 patients was 19,696, an increase of 29.7% from the previous week.

Across the United States, the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), the latest data, the number of patients hospitalized for Corona 19 in the week of the 6th to 12th was 12,613, an increase of 21.6% from the previous week, increasing for 5 consecutive weeks.

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