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No. Per CDC guidance, schools that are already open may remain open, as long as the rate of in-school transmission remains low and mitigation measures are fully and consistently implemented.
No. Most sports teams have been successful in participating in competition while keeping the number of cases low. We have appreciated the quick response and partnership when cases do occur and believe that sports may continue as long as we work together.
Social distancing of at least six feet remains one of the best preventative measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommends that schools “space seating/desks at least six feet apart when feasible.” It is recognized that this is not always feasible and a distance of at least three feet between students, with required masking, can also partially reduce transmission.
Most studies did not specify the number of days in which school was on-site. One study specified the schools were in hybrid learning mode, but many others did not specify this. Our local data is based on two days per week.
Yes, the dashboard will be updated to reflect 7-day intervals. Positivity rate may no longer be an accurate indicator of disease in the community with the increase in test accessibility and types. With decreased demand for testing, the positivity rate is reflecting nonrandom, voluntary testing by a select group of people (rather than representative of the community).
At the time, Clay County Public Health Center did not have local, school-based data to support this protocol. However, after evaluation of data collected from the Fall 2020 semester, CCPHC now feels confident in adopting this guidance.