More school districts are seeing COVID-19 outbreaks. Here’s how they're responding.
Coronavirus cases are rising nationally and statewide. In California, Marin County is one of the epicenters. COVID-19 outbreaks have impacted about 20 Marin schools.
The surge is driven by BA.2, a subvariant of the highly contagious omicron.
"It’s even more infectious than the omicron strain that fueled the winter surge," Dr. Matt Willis, Marin public health officer, told KTVU.
There are plenty of recommendations being handed down. These include increased testing, social distancing, and mask wearing. But there are no mandates yet. The county "will not be issuing any local mask mandates for any settings — schools or otherwise — at this time," Willis said.
That could change elsewhere. The Pacific Grove Unified School District in Monterey County has voted to reinstate the mask requirement if the seven-day positivity rate exceeds 5% and the seven-day case rate reaches more than 10 per 100,00 people.
Last month, mandatory masks were reinstated at Pacific Palisades High School in SoCal after a surge in cases.