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Based on the high positivity rate being reported from the medical community over the holiday weekend, several school districts throughout Alabama are either reimplementing mask mandates or beginning the semester with remote learning. NATP will follow closely for the testing impact that is sure to follow.

Here are the highlights:

  • Omicron variant continues to break positivity rate and case count records in Alabama.
  • Sylacauga City and Macon County will delay a return to in-person learning until Jan. 10 – students will attend classes virtually this week.
  • Madison City, Talladega City, Troy City Chickasaw County and Pike County have all announced mandatory masking to start the new semester.
  • Pike County will have masking through Jan. 28 with “no exceptions” and Chickasaw will have its mandate in place until Jan. 14, at which point officials will reevaluate.
  • Madison City will have masking “until we fall below the Moderate Level for two weeks.
  • Every county in the state is currently listed as having high transmission, with an overall positivity rate of 36.4% statewide, the highest of the pandemic so far.
  • Despite the Food and Drug Administration approved booster shots for 12-15 year olds today, Alabama has the lowest vaccination rate for this age group in the country.
  • Schools saw 750 total positive cases during the last week of COVID reporting before winter break, a 25% increase from the week before.
  • Holiday gatherings led to higher case counts in the state last year, and school and public health officials are warning of a repeat.

Complete article HERE

See every district in the state’s COVID, masking plans.

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