US Postpones Face-to-Face Learning in Schools Due to High Omicron Case

US Postpones Face-to-Face Learning in Schools Due to High Omicron Case

The United States has postponed the implementation of face-to-face learning in schools due to the rapid spread of the Omicron case. Corona virus infections in the US hit a record high due to Omicron.

Thousands of schools, including in several major cities, postponed their scheduled reopening of classrooms after the holidays. Schools are re-implementing distance learning.

Ummatimes - The number of Covid-19 cases has made health officials worried about the hospital system. In many countries, hospital capacity is starting to rise. In Maryland, Ohio, Delaware and Washington, DC, the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 is near a record.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, said there had been an increase in new cases in the US. Currently the average reaches 400,000 cases per day, with hospitalizations also increasing.

"We are definitely in the midst of a very severe spike and increase in cases," he said Monday, January 3, 2022. "The acceleration of cases is truly unprecedented, far beyond anything before." The increase in cases is due to the Omicron variant, which is much more contagious than the previous variant, although not more virulent than Delta.

The cancellation of schools has left many parents scrambling to find child care, adding to the sense of chaos that permeates the first few days of 2022. "There's a lot of Covid virus out there, it's going to be a bad start," said Michelle Smith McDonald, director. communications and public affairs for the Alameda District Education Office.

In New Jersey most schools have implemented virtual classes in the new semester including Newark, which has nearly 38,000 students. Covid-19 cases in New Jerset continued to rise until they reached their highest number in recent weeks.

In the state of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee public school system announced that more than 70,000 of its students will turn to virtual learning. Likewise in Ohio, Detroit to Michigan, which closed schools again.

For schools that hold face-to-face learning, students and staff are required to upload negative test results. In Washington, DC, all public school staff and 51,000 students must upload test results before coming to class on Wednesday. Parents can take the rapid test at school or use the test on their own.

Similar efforts were also made in California. The state has pledged to provide free home test kits to six million public school students.

New York City schools reopened after nearly 1 million students were tested for Covid-19. If one child tests positive for Corona, all students in the class will be given a quick test at home to use for the next seven days.

The United States is struggling to cope with a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday authorized the use of a third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 12 to 15.