Just as school doors are reopening across the U.S., children are filling hospital beds instead of classrooms in record numbers, sick with COVID-19.
The surging virus is spreading anxiety and causing turmoil and infighting among parents, administrators, and politicians around the US, especially in states like Florida and Texas, where governors have barred schools from making youngsters wear masks. Scientists have yet to determine whether the highly contagious delta variant makes people more seriously ill or whether children are more vulnerable to it.
To add to the already existing confusion, a reporting error is making the outbreak of COVID-19 at Greenwood High School look 30 times worse than it is.
In a report released by the Mississippi State Department of Health, Greenwood High School is showing 150 students testing positive last week for COVID-19. The actual number was five, said Raven Ray, a spokeswoman for the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District.
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