Special Report

This Is What Every State Is Doing to Manage Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Massachusetts
> Current measures taken: Some schools close again after community spread in the building. The state started a free rapid COVID-19 testing program. Teachers are now eligible for vaccinations. Worcester Public Schools will stay in virtual learning indefinitely.
> Health screening recommendations: Monitoring for symptoms, but temperature checks are not recommended
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 7,881 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 543,934)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 3.8% — 10th largest increase (from 524,025 to 543,934)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,527 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 174,437)
> Population: 6.9 million

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Michigan
> Current measures taken: High schools were allowed to resume in-person learning on Jan 4. Vaccination of school staff started Jan. 11. The goal is to open all public schools for in-person instruction by March 1. High school winter sports may resume by Feb 21.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 6,209 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 620,685)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 1.7% — 12th smallest increase (from 610,138 to 620,685)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 3,289 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 328,801)
> Population: 10.0 million

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Minnesota
> Current measures taken: Most of the state’s largest school districts are in distance learning for middle and high school students. Elementary schools reopened Jan 18.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 8,353 per 100,000 people — 21st lowest (total: 468,682)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 1.4% — 5th smallest increase (from 461,807 to 468,118)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,866 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 160,794)
> Population: 5.6 million

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Mississippi
> Current measures taken: Of the 819 schools in 77 counties across the state reporting COVID-19 cases, there have been a total of 46 new outbreaks in the week of Jan 25-29 (compared to 38 in the week of Jan 18-22) with more than 10,000 students being quarantined. There have been 104 outbreaks in schools in January 2021 alone. Laurel School District remained on a hybrid schedule until Feb 1.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 9,453 per 100,000 people — 15th highest (total: 282,313)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.4% — 21st smallest increase (from 275,001 to 281,678)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 1,986 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 59,325)
> Population: 3.0 million

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Missouri
> Current measures taken: New mandates say that if people wear masks correctly and show no symptoms, they don’t have to quarantine for 14 days if exposed.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 7,617 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 466,664)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 1.6% — 9th smallest increase (from 458,819 to 466,217)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,385 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 146,137)
> Population: 6.1 million

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