Two parent groups are suing the Democratic governor of California Gavin Newson Exceeds the mask regulations of public schools. Their lawsuit comes as the state is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 infections.
These groups — let them breathe and reopen California schools — have filed lawsuits against Newsom and the state’s top health officials. The lawsuit claims that requiring schoolchildren to wear masks statewide regardless of their vaccination status will harm the children’s “physical and mental health”, especially after a year of isolation and distance learning.
In early July, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued the directive. It exceeds the guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on July 9 (CDC) It is stated that the vaccinated students can keep face-to-face class without wearing a mask.
“It is clear [CDPH] Jonathan Zachreson, founder of Reopen California Schools, said in a statement: “We have chosen to ignore a large amount of evidence that suggests that children are infected with COVID-19, spread it to others, or become seriously ill due to COVID-19. The risk is very low.
The lawsuit named Newsom, Minister of Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly, Director of Public Health Tomás Aragón of the Ministry of Public Health, and Dr. Naomi Bardach of Safe Schools for All as defendants. Sacramento Bee Report.
The lawsuit came as COVID-19 cases across the state began to surge after a long period of decline. The state lifted most of the COVID-19 safety restrictions a month ago. According to statistics, since then, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 58%. New York Times data.
On June 22, the state saw an average of approximately 939 new COVID-19 cases per day. One month later, there were an average of 5,019 new cases per day. The number of cases in the state has never been higher since late February, just after the winter recovery resulted in a large number of new cases.
Although 61.7% of eligible residents in the state have been fully vaccinated, the highly transmitted COVID-19 Delta variant has increased infections, even in the vaccinated population.
It is estimated that 20% of new cases in Los Angeles are So-called “breakthrough” cases among vaccinated personsThe increasing number of cases in Los Angeles County has forced county health officials Reinstate mask authorization Used in indoor spaces.
Despite the breakthrough cases, health officials are still encouraging people to get vaccinated. If vaccinated people are exposed to the virus, they are still more likely to be effective against the virus. They are also much less likely to become seriously ill or die. According to the Associated Press, approximately 90% of hospitalizations or deaths across the country occurred in people who were not vaccinated.
The resurgence of COVID-19 may become a part of life, just like the flu season, said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at the center. University of California, Tell CalMatters. He said the only difference is that people who have not been vaccinated are much more likely to be hospitalized and die.
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