August 24, 2021

Around the nation: More than 23K Georgia students, staff in quarantine just weeks after school begins

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    More than 23,000 public school students and staff in Georgia are quarantining due to coronavirus exposure just weeks into the school year, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Georgia, and Virginia.

    • District of Columbia: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday ruled to uphold CDC's eviction moratorium. CDC issued the moratorium in early August after an earlier moratorium lapsed July 31. "We are pleased that the circuit court joined the district court in leaving the moratorium in place," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "As we continue our effort to stop the spread of the transmissible delta variant, the eviction moratorium remains vitally important." According to Axios, realtors from Alabama and Georgia will likely appeal the ruling and bring it to the Supreme Court. In June, the Supreme Court declined to lift the original moratorium but indicated that it would not uphold an extension. (Knutson, Axios, 8/21)
    • Georgia: More than 23,000 public school students and staff in the Atlanta metropolitan area are currently quarantining due to coronavirus exposure just weeks into the school year, WSB-TV reports. However, according to WSB-TV, the number of quarantining students and staff may actually be higher since some school districts have not released their data on Covid-19 cases or exposure. Of the districts that have released data, Fulton County has 6,233 students who have either tested positive and are quarantining, and Gwinnett County has 2,337 students and staff who are quarantining. In addition, Lamar County School District on Friday announced it will shut down for two weeks due to a surge in Covid-19 cases and that students will participate in virtual learning until October. (WSB-TV, 8/21; Prieb, The Hill, 8/21)
    • Virginia: The University of Virginia disenrolled 238 students who had not submitted proof of Covid-19 vaccination, violating a vaccine mandate at the school. Brian Coy, a spokesperson for the school, said the students were disenrolled after "receiving multiple reminders via email, text, phone calls, calls to parents that they were out of compliance and had until [Wednesday] to update their status," The Hill reports. According to Coy, only 49 of the 238 students were actually enrolled in fall classes, while the others may have not been planning to return to the school. Students who have disenrolled will be able to reenroll in classes if they get vaccinated or receive a vaccine exemption form the school. In addition, those who receive a vaccine exemption will have to wear masks while on campus and be tested weekly. Currently, more than 96% of the school's students are fully vaccinated and are not required to wear masks or be tested, The Hill reports. (Lonas, The Hill, 8/20)

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