Covid-19 spikes cause back-to-school limbo

  • [photo by Alexandra Penner]

    [photo by Alexandra Penner]

By Patric Hedlund, TME

This week’s covid-19 stats put Kern County back on the state’s coronavirus watch list, along with Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
We’re not alone­—32 of California’s counties are seeing spikes in new covid-19 infections.

Positive Tests Jump 350%

Opening Mountain Community schools will be on hold for longer than hoped, with distance learning coming back into the forefront, despite significant planning work by educators over the past three weeks to offer safe in-person classes.

State reports about Kern County’s coronavirus statistics on July 18 showed positive covid-19 tests rose 350% in just two weeks.

The number of positive tests went from 2.6% positives per 1,000 tests July 4 to 9.1% positives per 1,000 tests by July 18. That sharp…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Kindergartners at Frazier Park School will be staying home a bit longer as new covid cases spike.

The plan for in-person learning back at school included use of fun clear-visor hats for younger students, plexiglass shields on desks, and wearing masks on the bus and playground.

Below: Teachers and older students would return to school with face shields and masks for safety. Now distance-learning will continue into January.

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This is part of the July 24, 2020 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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