Education leaders are concerned about the spread of COVID once school starts this week

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA. – As pediatric intensive care bed capacity declines across Broward County, education leaders are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 when school starts on Wednesday.

The COVID summer wave affects children more than ever.

“Our positivity rates are now higher than ever, and we are not going to play Russian roulette with people’s lives,” said Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Chair of the Broward County School Board.

Osgood and other board members believe that once the school bells ring, it is inevitable that the virus will spread.

“So the reality is that there will be an abundance of children who have COVID and will come to schools on Wednesday and we will spread COVID,” said board member Lori Alhadeff.

Intensive care units are filling up and many patients are in need of ventilator care as Florida COVID cases are up 14 times higher than in June.

Also, no vaccine is approved for children under 12 years of age.

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Local medical experts warn that the Delta variant is responsible for the effects on children we are seeing now, and students will have to pack their masks before going to the books.

“As of Friday, if we look at our hospital admission rates here in Broward County for our pediatric intensive care unit, there is a bed capacity of 100%,” said Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Interim Director of Broward County Public Schools.

In Miami-Dade, 86% of those admitted on Saturday were not vaccinated. More than half of the enrolled patients are younger than

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