As the fall approaches, school information continues to dominate the news in relation to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the news offers comparisons to the 1918 influenza pandemic and Utah teachers resigning at record levels.
According to the August 20, 2020 Wayne County Report, during the influenza pandemic in 1918, leaders had also struggled with deciding whether to keep schools open in a pandemic. That pandemic killed an estimated 5 million people worldwide, including 675,000 Americans, before it was all over. While the vast majority of cities closed their schools, three opted to keep them open -- New York, Chicago and New Haven, according to historians. These cities were some of the hardest and earliest hit by the flu, as students, teachers, staff, and families were put at risk.
Meanwhile, Utah teachers are resigning in droves — or retiring early — as some districts plan to return to in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports. In Salt Lake County — where the number of cases has been the highest in the state — at least 79 educators have decided to leave their post. At least 16 of those resignations have come in the past week, as the first day of school approaches.
According to countywide data dated August 19, 2020, Taylor registered six new confirmed cases of COVID, upping the total to 918 this year. There were no new deaths, and that total remains at 73.
NOTE: Pop up testing available in Dearborn this weekend (see below).