California students could be out of school until the fall due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is according to California Governor Gavin Newsom in a Tuesday online news conference.
“I don’t want to mislead you, to six-plus million kids in our system and their families, they need to make some plans at a time when a lot of plans are already being curtailed,” Newsom said. “I would plan and assume it is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” he added.
Newsom also said the state is waiving academic testing. He began the press conference acknowledging the anxiety families all across California feel right now.
“That anxiety is real,” he told Californians.
School closures in California as of Tuesday impact more than 80% of our state’s public school students, or about 6 million children. According to the California Department of Public Health, “As of March 16, 2020, 6:oo PM, Pacific Daylight Time, there are a total of 472 positive cases and eleven deaths in California.” Almost 2 dozen labs are testing for coronavirus in California.
Elk Grove extended its school closures officially last Friday for at least another month. Sacramento County on Tuesday asked all residents to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Sacramento City Mayor Darrell Steinberg asked bars, breweries, clubs and wineries to close earlier this week. Bay Area officials on Monday issued a “shelter in place” order for the 6 county region. The order impacts some 7 million Californians. A number of other California cities are expected to take similar action.
The governor also discussed a number of other consumer protections around evictions, utility bills, and homelessness. He urged seniors over 65 wherever they are in California to shelter in place. The California legsilature recently free’d over $1 Billion in emergency coronavirus spending right before leaving the capitol this week. The legislature is suspended until April 13th.
The myriad of state government action comes just as this week a substitute teacher in Sacramento City died of coronavirus complications. Sacramento County officials reported some 15 new positive cases last week.
Both state and national officials are racing to prevent further spread of the pandemic. So far over 5,300 Americans tested positive for caronavirus, with at least 103 deaths as of Tuesday. Officials urge social distancing. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends postponing gatherings of 50 people or more. At a White House news briefing President Trump urged against gatherings of more than 10 people.
Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.
Visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
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