Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 6: Schools Shut Down as Thousands of Students Go Into Quarantine

By Anna Breuer on 6 September 2021
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Just weeks into the new school year in some parts of the United States, thousands of pupils are already in quarantine after exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Since the start of the 2021-22 school year in late July, at least 1,000 schools in 31 states have been forced to close due to coronavirus outbreaks, according to data from Burbio, a data service that monitors such information.

The numbers are staggering.  At least 13,715 schoolchildren in Mississippi have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of school in early August, a situation that has sent over 20,000 pupils into quarantine, according to data from the state health department.  Meanwhile, in New Mexico, roughly 10% of the state’s 317,000 pupils have been forced to quarantine, officials there said.

In Montgomery County, Maryland, where students and staff must don face masks indoors and quarantine if exposed to someone with Covid-19, dozens of cases in the first week of school have resulted in over 1,000 pupils and teachers in quarantine, according to county health officials.

Ware County in Georgia was forced to close all of its public schools after a “sharp increase” in cases.

Finally, in Texas over the past week, at least four school districts where wearing a mask is optional have been forced to close due to outbreaks on campus. In other parts of the state, school officials have defied the governor’s orders that ban mask mandates and require their pupils to don masks indoors.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 221.7 million Covid-19 cases and almost 4.6 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 198.3 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 161,327, an 8% change and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,560, a change of 55% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 40.8 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 33 million officially recorded cases and 440,894 deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.41 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Monday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 71 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, 206.9 million people in the United States – or 62.3% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 53%, or 175.8 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 374.5 million, which translates to  3,2 million  shots having been dispensed on Sunday. Breaking this down further, 74.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 193.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 64% of the same group – or 165.4 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Finally, school officials in Buffalo reported that some 8,000 laptops issued by the Buffalo Public School to pupils for remote learning were never returned.  The school district handed out a total of 31,000 laptops and tablets.

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