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29 July 2020, 01:40 PM
wtg
Kids in Florida (edit: and elsewhere)
Betsy DeVos, are you listening?

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The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among kids in Florida has jumped during the past week.

Between July 16-24, the number of positive cases for children and teens under age 18 moved from 23,170 to 31,150, according to the Florida Department of Health, a 34% increase.

During the same 8-day period, the number of children hospitalized also jumped from 246 to 303, which is a 23% increase. Deaths among children increased from four to five.

The test positivity rate among children also rose from 13.4% to 14.4%, according the health department report. High positivity rates are on both coasts, such as Martin County, which includes Jensen Beach and Jupiter Island, at 25%; Collier County, which includes Naples, at 22%; and Miami-Dade County at nearly 20%.

For now, schools are still ordered to open in Florida next month for in-person teaching 5 days a week. For some districts, classes start in the next 2 weeks.

Some Florida school districts have opted not to follow the emergency order from the Florida Department of Education, according to News 4 Jax. Duval County, which includes Jacksonville, will used a phased approach and start with face-to-face instruction for part of the week.

In Jacksonville in particular, COVID-19 cases among kids are up 62% in the last 2 weeks, the news station reported. Teachers are protesting the school district’s decision to require in-person classes, even for part of the week.

More than 23,000 students in Duval County have signed up for online distance learning for the fall, according to the news station. About 83% of students still need to choose a plan.

“I think the data speaks for itself. Yes, there has been increased hospitalization,” Mobeen Rathore, a pediatric infectious disease specialist in Jacksonville, told CNN. “This is an equal opportunity virus. It doesn’t care about the age.”


https://www.webmd.com/lung/new...-for-kids-in-florida


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29 July 2020, 02:02 PM
pianojuggler
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I think the data speaks for itself.
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Betsy DeVos, are you listening?
No. She is deaf as a post. As is the entire administration.

Data talks. Nobody in charge listens.


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02 August 2020, 10:12 AM
wtg
More studies on kids and coronavirus transmission.

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Two new studies, though from different parts of the world, have arrived at the same conclusion: that young children not only transmit SARS-CoV-2 efficiently, but may be major drivers of the pandemic as well.

The first, which was published in JAMA yesterday, reports findings from a pediatric hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The second, a preprint manuscript awaiting peer review, was conducted in the mountainous province of Trento, Italy.


https://www.forbes.com/sites/w...adults/#3532b83a19fd


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02 August 2020, 10:15 PM
Daniel
I would have my child stay home. It would be better than having a dead child.
03 August 2020, 12:21 AM
Steve Miller
+1


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03 August 2020, 02:52 AM
Amanda
quote:
Originally posted by pianojuggler:
quote:
I think the data speaks for itself.
quote:
Betsy DeVos, are you listening?
No. She is deaf as a post. As is the entire administration.

Data talks. Nobody in charge listens.


I think she and other admin ARE in fact listening to the data but their concern only applies (permissively) to parents affuent enough to pay for private schools - especially the small pod groups.

However, it will never be officially recognized that they are protecting their own precious offspring - while children of the hoi polloi WILL be forced to return to live classrooms at least half the week - or more. Sauve qui peut! Darwin rules.

After all, otherwise, their own kids would miss out on valuable socialization and the benefits of live instruction. (Wondering how these students will fare compared to others when college admissions time comes.)


Besides, these parents can continue working at home, while the poorer can't. After all, the parents of the less advantaged hold jobs that grease the wheels of society - industry and "essential" services. That is to say, ones that satisfy the comfort level of the upper echelon.) And if those children and their families (including multi-generational ones living together) get sick, even die, well - tough noogies! The show/economy must go on.

No wonder, the admin favors not reimbursing contraception and restricting abortion access.

I'm also wondering how long pod schools will continue. (Another way of asking how long will the level of danger continue at present levels - at least, in "hot" areas.) Perhaps they will morph into special health-centric charter schools with greater capacity. What a brouhaha THAT will raise between the haves and have-nots! (Must brainstorm about districting or entry restrictions to bar as many of the underclass as possible. Frowner )


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05 August 2020, 10:40 AM
wtg
CPS just announced that students will start the year with all remote learning.

Mayor Lightfoot is concerned about current COVID trends. Dr Arwady (city health commissioner) has been one of the main speakers. Also Janice Jackson, superintendent of CPS.

An impressive group talking about real issues.


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05 August 2020, 05:59 PM
big al
Pittsburgh Public Schools have chosen to proceed with at least the first 9-week period of the school year being conducted on-line.

I think that's the wise choice.

Big Al


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