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NJ governor to require masks for K-12 students, school staff

Gov. Phil Murphy is set to announce that New Jersey students in grades K-12 and staff will be required to wear masks in schools. It's a reversal from a few weeks ago when Murphy said it would take a “deterioration” of COVID-19 data to require masks.

8/6/2021 3:07:00 AM

Gov. Phil Murphy is set to announce that New Jersey students in grades K-12 and staff will be required to wear masks in schools. It's a reversal from a few weeks ago when Murphy said it would take a “deterioration” of COVID-19 data to require masks.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Staff members and students from kindergarten to 12th grade will be required to wear masks in New Jersey schools when the new year begins in a few weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy is set to announce Friday as COVID-19 cases rise in the state.

The state’s figures, like many across the country, have beentrending up in recent weeks. The seven-day rolling average of new cases climbed over the past two weeks from 512 on July 20 to 1,104 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.The surging figures are part of a nationwide struggle with the contagious delta variant, which has been leading — along with vaccination holdouts — to higher hospitalization rates across the country.

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The decision also comes as states across the country grapple with masking in schools.ADVERTISEMENTIn Florida, two school districts have decided to require masks when children return to classrooms because of dramatic rises in coronavirus infections, with the state leading the country in hospitalizations. That’s

despite a statewide banon masks by the governor.In Arizona, at least three school districts are defying the state’s prohibition on masks, despite a recently enacted law barring face covering requirements.It’s unclear whether any of New Jersey’s roughly 600 school districts will be permitted to depart from Murphy’s expected order on Friday. headtopics.com

Unlike other places in the country, though, New Jersey’s vaccination rate is among the highest in the nation. Nationwide, the percentage of adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19 stands at nearly 61%. In New Jersey, the rate is 71%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Jersey was an early hotspot in March 2020, and the state’s positive cases and hospitalizations haven’t reached the high levels they did early on in the outbreak, but they’re higher than they were a few months ago as vaccinations became more widely available.

The mandate from Murphy, a Democrat seeking reelection this year, comes amid pushback against masks in schools, particularly among some Republicans and parents who worry about the effects masks could have on their children’s psychological and physical health.

Earlier this week, Murphy argued back with protesters skeptical about vaccinations at a public event. “You’ve lost your minds,” Murphy said, “You are the ultimate knuckleheads.” Read more: The Associated Press »

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No kidding. Covid morphed into Delta & the situation deteriorated. So for all those people who will cry and say, 'but you said' they can resume their village idiot duties & read a science book. Governor Murphy has provided steady leadership during a terrible crisis. Murphy That's because there has been a deterioration of covid status.

Child abuse. NJ officials and journos continue to conflate of Covid cases (not so important) with of Covid hospitalizations (very important). Avg daily of Covid deaths in NJ (4) is now about the same as average influenza/pneumonia deaths in a normal year (~2% of total 75K deaths). BivingsDoris I'm good with that and so is my son.

Let’s go I don't care if they have to wear tutus on their heads as long as they are IN SCHOOL... l Hope it's not too late, but at least its refreshing to see some governors recognize that circumstances can change and pig-headed rigidity can be deadly. So it's not a reversal at all. There HAS been a deterioration of COVID-19 data, so he's doing exactly what he said he would do.

So not really a reversal, more along the lines of him doing what he said he'd do. Jesus Christ

New Jersey Gov. Murphy calls out ‘ultimate knuckleheads’ protesting life-saving vaccinationsLet him Phil you in. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy gave anti-vaccine protesters a cold, hard shot of reality during a press conference Wednesday. “You’ve lost your minds,” Murphy shouted at demonstrators. “You are the ultimate knuckleheads.” Murphy begged Garden State residents who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get their shots and informed those who were refusing to do so that ... Things are getting ugly He’s got some nerve! People’s health are their own responsibility! Take care of your own health! Get a vaccine or don’t! Wear a mask or don’t! Go out or don’t! It's hard to reason with people who think 'Sharknado' was a documentary

Why do you call it a reversal when he’s doing exactly what he said he would do? delta = deterioration MLive GovWhitmer Stay home !!! Lol they can’t expel all of your kids. This is a continued power grab by the dems. If you don’t put a stop they won’t That doesn’t sound like a reversal to me. Hey , .GovAbbott, look what all the cool guvs are doing! 😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷😷🤔😷 AbbottHatesChildren

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