New Jersey will require masks in schools as the Delta version spreads

New Jersey will require masks in schools as the Delta version spreads

NEW YORK: Kindergarten through 12th grade students and staff in New Jersey, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks when public schools open in the fall, Governor Phil Murphy said Friday, in response to the delta version of the coronavirus. as reversed its previous position. spreads out.
Murphy told a news conference that the change in guidance from just a month ago reflects a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for the highly infectious.
“There are issues that are above politics and should always be, and this is one of them,” said Murphy, a Democrat who is the only US governor to be up for re-election this fall.
The debate over masks in US schools began last month when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course and recommended that all students and staff wear masks to school, regardless of vaccination status.
A patchwork of policies have emerged from state to state and even city to city around the issue, which has become deeply political in the United States.
In New Jersey, Covid-19 cases increased by 105% over the past two weeks, according to a Reuters analysis of public health data. The data shows that hospitalizations have increased by 92% in the last four weeks.
About 67% of New Jersey residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. vaccination rates vary widely, from the high of 76% of Vermont residents in Mississippi to the low of 41% who received the first dose.
States with low vaccination rates have been hardest hit by the rapidly spreading version.
Florida, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi accounted for half the nation’s new cases and hospitalizations in the past week, White House officials said.
‘moral outrage’
In Florida, the Board of Education adopted an emergency rule Friday that would allow parents to transfer their child to another school “when a student is subjected to harassment in response to the school district’s COVID-19 mitigation protocols”. ,” including mask protocol.
The newly approved rule lets parents transfer their children to a private school or a school in another district under the Hope Scholarship, which was originally created to allow Florida public school pupils to attend a different institution. To go in are victims of bullying.
During the emergency meeting, one parent called the rule a “moral outrage,” akin to a school mask for harassment and bullying.
Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, issued an executive order last week mandating masks in state schools.
As of Friday morning, 13,427 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized in the Sunshine State, a fresh record high, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Broward County Public Schools Board will meet Tuesday to decide how best to comply with DeSantis’ order.
Board chair Rosalind Osgood, who said she plans to vote to require masks for students and school staff in the county, told CNN on Friday: “When we have a deadly pandemic I’m going to risk someone’s life.” I am not ready to take any risk.”
Some of the nation’s largest school districts, including New York and Los Angeles, have made masks mandatory for the upcoming school year.

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