In the U.S., the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has passed 3 million — meaning nearly one in every 100 people has been confirmed as infected — and the number of deaths is more than 132,000, according to a tally from NBC News .
Despite the outbreak, President Donald Trump remains determined to reopen America’s schools, threatening on Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall . He complained that his own public health officials’ safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive.
But getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed.
A growing chorus of public health experts is urging federal, state and local officials to reconsider how they are reopening the broader economy, and to prioritize K-12 schools — an effort that will likely require closing some other establishments to help curb the virus spread and give children the best shot at returning to classrooms. Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: Redfield: CDC Isn’t Revising School Opening Guidelines
A day after Vice President Mike Pence said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be issuing new guidelines for reopening U.S. schools, the agency’s director clarified that it was not revising its guidance, but instead issuing additional reference documents for local districts, teachers and parents.
“Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to aid communities that are trying to open K-12 schools, reference documents for parents, reference documents for schools to monitor symptoms, reference documents for face masks, and for how to […]