Yesterday, Hillsborough County Public Schools officials announced that 5,599 students and 316 school staff members had been placed in isolation or quarantine. Some of them have been tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, while others became close contacts. Those who are in isolation have been tested positive for the coronavirus. Those in quarantine have been declared as close contacts, and they will remain indoors until they experience symptoms or it becomes clear they are not infected.
The Hillsborough County School Board is hosting a meeting on August 18
Due to the situation, the school board from Tampa, Florida, will hold a meeting tomorrow. The meeting will address the current infections involving schools and possible future prevention measures. There will be an hour of public comment at the meeting.
The CDC reports a high community transmission in Florida
The latest data from CDC shows there is a high risk of community transmission, mainly due to the Delta strain. Across the U.S, there have been counties that suspended school activities due to many positive cases involving students and staff members. Some of the counties are Georgia and Mississippi.
Health experts and local authorities across the U.S expect more schools to close or students to remain in isolation as the number of new infections increases. Unfortunately, the FDA has not yet authorized vaccination for those 12 or under. At the same time, many parents are reluctant to vaccinate their children against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Schools closed due to the pandemic will transition to virtual classes for at least two weeks. There have also been more reports of adolescents and children admitted to hospitals due to coronavirus. North Texas reported that there are no more pediatric ICU bed.