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The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 512,162 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on September 1, 2021. There have been 6,643 COVID-19 deaths in Washington.
Dr. Umair A. Shah, Secretary of Department of Health for Washington State, addressed concerns of refugees and COVID. Everyone will be fully tested. He “strongly recommends everyone over the age of 12 be vaccinated and encourages masks”.
Dr. Scott Lindquist, Acting Chief Science Officer, and a pediatrician with school aged children, says mental, drug and alcohol issues have grown during the pandemic and says,” go back to school, the benefits far exceed the risks”.
Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Michaela W. Miller comments “Schools are the heart of the community, and so it takes the community to reciprocate the kinds of safety measures in place. Schools are not autonomous and need to work in conjunction with the community they are in.”
The message is as children go back to school; it is safe. They need to the social interaction with their friends, something normal as opposed to isolation. While cases of child hospitalizations rise, children are at lower risk in general. Drug and alcohol use may be higher among the older students, but depression and anxiety are also high among the younger students as well, who have waited to be old enough to board the school bus for the first day of school. They have been resigned to a Zoom class and not having sports and proms. It’s not the same. In person learning is not only about reading, writing, and arithmetic, but the social interaction and time at recess on the playground, school plays and lunchroom antics.