As child care centers across Texas reopen, reported COVID-19 cases among children and staff are rising quickly.
Texas daycare centers reported 950 coronavirus cases on June 30, marking an increase of 540 cases in less than two weeks, according to Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The latest count includes 643 staff members and 307 children. The commission does not track deaths, hospitalizations, and recoveries linked to coronavirus in daycares.
During the early stages of the pandemic, child care centers remained open for children of essential workers. On May 18, Governor Greg Abbott allowed daycares to open for nonessential workers with restrictions that included prescreening requirements and guidelines for entry and child pickup.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that students be “physically present” in schools, noting that the educational advantages outweigh health risks. The academy says 3 feet of social distancing is sufficient for classrooms and stated that “the relative impact of physical distancing among children is likely small based on current evidence and certainly difficult to implement.”
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