Preparing for another school year with COVID-19

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 10:12 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - With school returning in August, concerns may have been on the rise for many sending kids back into the classroom with the Delta variant cases on the rise.

Delta variant positive cases were increasing right as students were about to head back to school. Parents as well as children may have been concerned, especially if they were under 12 years old and the vaccine wasn’t yet available to that age group.

In 2020, when kids returned to school COVID-19 cases shot up.

Health officials recommended students follow the guidance provided by their local school districts and that they had flexibility when it comes to the virus.

Adam Horn, MD and chief medical officer for Mary Lanning Healthcare said it s hard to determine yet what the cases will look like after school starts back up this year.

“I think it’s difficult to predict what the fall will look like, but to just really remember that the most powerful tool we have now is the vaccine, that didn’t exist last fall and through the winter and that’s why we were dependent on masks because that was one of the few tools we had to help slow the spread,” Horn said.

Horn added another way people could help control the spread of the virus in schools was to ensure parents of students under 12 years old are fully vaccinated.

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