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More schools institute mask mandates as COVID cases rise across the country

According to the CDC data, 470,699 cases were reported in the first week of January.

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As COVID-19 cases rise in the United States, more and more schools are implementing mask mandates as a method of prevention.

before winter break New Jersey and Pennsylvania districts announced they would temporarily require masks among students and staff members Amidst a wave of respiratory illnesses.

Now schools in Massachusetts and Michigan are following suit, While schools in Chicago are asking students to take rapid tests before school starts.

Chelsea Public Schools in Boston announced in a letter to the community that the decision came after Suffolk County was designated as “high risk” for COVID-19 transmission, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disease prevention.

“As a result of this designation, Chelsea Public Schools will implement a mask mandate effective this Monday, January 9thSuperintendent Dr. Alami ji Abeta has written in the letter.

“Masks must be worn at all times in school buildings except when eating or drinking… Masks will be required for visitors to our school health offices and for anyone returning to school after five days of quarantine,” he added. ,

In the meantime, Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan said they would institute a two-week term beginning Monday, January 9 and ending Friday, January 20.

In addition, Chicago Public Schools announced that they are asking students and staff to take rapid home tests for COVID-19 before entering classrooms.

The notice read, “To keep our school communities safe, please get a COVID test before returning to school.”

“If you test positive, please report testing positive using the COVID-19 self-report form and follow the guidance outlined on our safety page,” it reads.

CDC Data Shows COVID-19 Cases Are Rising; In the last week they increased from 309,253 for the week of 30 November to 470,699 for the week of 4 January,

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