While many schools in our area are closing because of COVID, Birmingham City Schools has managed to keep its doors open. But some parents said they’d like to hear more communication about what’s being done to keep in-person learning going.
There was a glimmer of hope just a couple of weeks ago when it looked like the positivity rate in Alabama was coming down. But there’s still a lot of virus circulating in the community with the positivity rate in Alabama now at more than 44%.That’s why doctors are still stressing the importance of getting that shot in the arm to ensure you’re protected.
ADPH data shows that 2,180 people are hospitalized with the virus across the state as of January 14th, 2022. 84 of those patients are children. Dr. David Kimberlin with Children’s of Alabama said those are record numbers for kids.
“School-wide masking is at the top of the list of preventive steps that need to be implemented. Masks can still make a difference in school settings and allow students to remain in class, if properly used.”
The Alabama Department of Public Health reported a major increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state’s public schools this week, with the Montgomery Public School system leading the list for the week.
Dr. Don Williamson with the Alabama Hospital Association tells us staffing is the biggest issues right now as continue to rise. He says the stress on the hospital system is probably greater than the Delta variant surge because of the staffing issues. He's hoping they'll be able to work through it all.