World, Coronavirus Update: Latest News From Around The World

World, Coronavirus Update: Latest News From Around The World

Colombia's first lady tests positive for Covid-19

Colombia’s first lady Maria Juliana Ruiz has tested positive for coronavirus

11/25/2020 1:59:00 AM

Colombia’s first lady Maria Juliana Ruiz has tested positive for coronavirus

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CDC director relying on Covid School Dashboard for advice on closing schoolsFrom CNN's Maggie FoxCenters for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the White House on November 19 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

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US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield is relying on a data tracker called theCovid-19 School Response Dashboardto back up his recommendations to keep kids in school as much as possible, a CDC spokesperson said Tuesday.

The tracker is the brainchild of Brown University economist Emily Oster. It shows data on more than 8.9 million students, including four million attending in person. It currently shows a daily coronavirus case rate of 17 per 100,000 students – far below a 1% rate. Staff case rates are at 27 per 100,000, according to the dashboard.

"Dr. Redfield believes school can be one of the safest places for K-12 youth during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the risk of closing K-12 schools outweighs the risks of keeping them open," the spokesperson told CNN."Beyond helping ensure educational advancement, K-12 schools offer nutrition, mental health, socialization, and other services and experiences that are critical for our nation’s youth," they added.

Last week, Redfield told a White House coronavirus task force briefing that there was"extensive data" showing children can attend K through 12 schools in person safely. But he did not give details on what that data was."Dr. Redfield was referring to early evidence from an ongoing Brown University analysis – as well as observational reports that CDC has received from school districts across the country – that suggests Covid-19 is not spreading at high levels inside of K-12 schools during instruction," the CDC spokesperson said.

"Some extracurricular activities might pose an increased risk of transmission, particularly if physical distance is not maintained and face masks are not worn. CDC will also be analyzing data on school transmission and will release its findings when they are available."

The Covid-19 School Response Dashboard is supported by Brown but also by the School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Software company Qualtrics manages the website and data.

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"Dr. Redfield encourages communities to make decisions about in-person learning based upon transmission levels in the community and also within schools’ educational settings, which can be much lower than transmission levels within a community," the spokesperson added.

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Sad Sul_Altamimi People getting positive with this virus doesn’t surprised me anymore. Eventually everyone will might get it. It might be mild or Severe 😔🌎🙏🏻 OMG CNNBRK breaking news! Because it is SO much different when a world leader or typical individual tests positive! We are all people dumbasses! Guess what? I bet she survives! worldcomingtoanend

She can quarantine at my home if she's interested. She tested positive for a cold. Coronaviruses are cold viruses. MM arr I’m sorry she has it...but why is this breaking news ? If CNN is reporting it she must be a republican. Who cares? Everyone’s getting it. So big whoop. So no big deal