(AP) – Some U.S. parents say they’re planning to continue to homeschool their children, even as schools resume in-person classes.
Danielle King of Randolph, Vermont, says requiring homeschooling for her 7-year-old daughter was a “silver lining” in the pandemic.
Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational needs.
Others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed.
The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis, and found it beneficial to their children.
The U.S. Census Bureau has confirmed the surge.
It says the rate of households homeschooling their children rose to 11% by September 2020, doubling from 5.4% six months earlier.
(AP) – Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring.
That’s according to White House officials who briefed reporters on Thursday.
They say hospitals are running out of space because of the rapidly spreading delta variant. White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients says several states with the highest proportions of new infections have seen residents get vaccinated at higher rates than the nation as a whole.
Officials cited Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, and Nevada as examples.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She says the variant is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses known to researchers.
MISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases have tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation.
The spike in infections is straining hospitals, frustrating doctors and pushing clergy into the fray.
Across the U.S., the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6.
Health officials blame the delta variant and flattening vaccination rates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 56.2% of Americans have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine.
And while reports of athletes, lawmakers and others occasionally getting the coronavirus despite vaccination may sound alarming, top health experts point to overwhelming evidence that the shots dramatically reduce severe disease and death.
The best indicator: In the U.S., hospitalizations and deaths are nearly all among the unvaccinated, and data from Britain and Israel agree protection remains strong against the worst cases.
No vaccine is perfect but what scientists call “breakthrough” infections in the fully vaccinated are a small fraction of coronavirus cases.
That’s even in the face of the highly contagious delta variant that is burning through unvaccinated communities.