COVID-19 infections have risen “exponentially” among children in the US since July, according to data published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The group reported 243,373 new cases among kids over the past week. While this is a decline from last week, when 251,781 cases were reported, it’s about a 240% increase since early July, when kids accounted for 71,726 cases.
“After declining in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially with nearly 500,000 cases in the past two weeks,” AAP said in a statement.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he would support mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for air travel.
“I would support that,” Dr. Fauci told The Skimm podcast. “If you want to get on a plane and travel with other people … you should be vaccinated.”
He did not specify in the podcast interview whether the vaccine mandate he supports would just be for travelers over the age of 12 or all travelers.
The U.S. Travel Association responded that while they support people getting vaccinated, they have “long maintained that there should be no mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travel.”
TUESDAY MORNING HEADLINES
Some parents in Johnston County will meet ahead of Tuesday’s school board meeting to call for the elimination of the district’s COVID-19 mask mandate.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends students older than 2 wear masks in school to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is now infecting children at higher rates than ever before seen.
Yesterday, parents who oppose mask mandates met ahead of the Harnett County School Board’s meeting.
That board voted 3-2 to make masks optional starting October 5.
The Orange County School Board also met Monday. However, it took more steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 among its students.
The district talked about shutting down some high school sports for a couple weeks, but ultimately did not move forward with that. Instead, it approved limitations on fans: each athlete can have 2 spectators and all fans must wear masks.
All athletes, regardless of vaccination status, must also wear masks on and off the field.
In addition, Orange County Schools is requiring all staff to be vaccinated by September 23.
During a Monday meeting, the Orange County school board heard recommendations for its athletic programs amid the pandemic.
Recommendations included high risk programs being closed immediately following guidance from NCDHHS and the Orange County Health Department. The closure of these programs include those actively participating in-season and those offering off-season practices or workouts.
High risk programs include football, basketball, wrestling and competitive cheerleading. The closed period would last from Sept. 14 to 30.
All student-athletes in these programs who are eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated…