Relaxed Chicago Public Schools COVID guidelines worry doctors ahead of flu season following 1st week spike in cases

Relaxed Chicago Public Schools COVID guidelines worry doctors ahead of flu season following 1st week spike in cases

CHICAGO (TOC) — Week one is over for 1000’s of Chicago Public Faculties college students as they head house for the weekend, however a couple of college students and employees by no means made to their buildings this week.

CPS knowledge reveals 311 adults and 296 college students self-reported constructive COVID instances.

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The quantity is way larger in comparison with final 12 months’s first week of faculty, which had 65 grownup and 139 pupil instances.

“I do not assume it is stunning now we have larger numbers of COVID in comparison with final 12 months,” stated Dr. Tina Tan of Lurie Youngsters’s Hospital. “Of the present variant or Omicron BA 5 is definitely essentially the most transmissible.”

Tan stated what’s stunning is what number of college districts, together with CPS, have relaxed so many protocols.

Masks are non-compulsory and no extra quarantines for college students and employees uncovered to somebody with COVID as CPS CEO Pedro Martinez defined earlier this week…

The Chicago Instructor’s Union stated if instances proceed to go up, masks should come again.

“There’s nothing stopping the district and now we have advocated for this to right away re-impose a masks mandate, if they’re seeing unfold,” stated CTU Vice President Jackson Potter.

The relaxed mitigations concern medical doctors as a result of vaccination charges stay low.

“Individuals must keep in mind that some regular wholesome kids will develop extreme signs and have to be hospitalized which is why getting vaccinated is so vital,” Tan stated.

Medical doctors stated college districts would possibly need take into account bringing again protocols as a result of they labored so nicely final 12 months in faculties.

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