As today is Friday, I am sharing my regular weekly COVID update. Due to the current COVID surge in our region, we will maintain our Stage 2 Learning Model status until further notice. Our teams continue to prepare for a successful return to school buildings for students in a Modified Stage 3 when it is deemed safe to do so. The new infections across our region, our nation, and throughout other parts of the world are rapidly climbing. According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, U.S. COVID-19 cases have increased from 8 million to 9 million in just two weeks. The university's data show the infection rate in the U.S. is now faster than one case per second, and cases are surging in 47 states. Northshore spans three cities and two counties. The infection rates in both King and Snohomish counties are high.
Here are the latest infection rates:
- October 23: 98.70
- October 24: 102.10
- October 25: 101.30
- October 23: 120.30
- October 24: 122.80
- October 25: 125.20
As always, I invite you to continue sharing your constructive feedback and ideas that support us coming together as a community to provide the best educational experience possible while keeping our students, staff, and the families they go home to safe during what seems to be the second surge of the pandemic.
Finally, with Halloween coming tomorrow, I shared the following link in my Thursday Thoughts and I think it is important enough to share it again. This is a message from Seattle & King County Public Health. I hope it is helpful in understanding both the risks of trick-or-treating this year and the tips for reducing those risks as much as possible. With the number of positive COVID cases on the rise, we want to make sure our students and families remain safe and healthy...
Take good care,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.