High schools still in virus education

The high school football season is entering its first week of conference play, and one of the state’s top health officials is stressing safety as teams keep playing.

Dr. Joel Tumlison, a physician specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health, said that he’s been pleased with how football programs have adapted to coronavirus protocols for the 2020 season.

“I think the schools have done a pretty good job in general,” Tumlison said. “We want to try to keep the spread down.”

However, there have been several bumps in the road this week.

As of Thursday, 15 conference matchups scheduled for tonight were affected by covid-19, including Conway at Little Rock Southwest, Little Rock Parkview at Greenwood, Jonesboro at El Dorado, Texarkana at Magnolia and Arkadelphia at Nashville.

Overall, there have been 34 known games affected by the virus this season, including 19 during the first four weeks from Aug. 27-Sept.

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Mass. education head wants districts to get kids back to school while they can in case of second virus spike

“It would be unfortunate if later in the year, a district had to go remote because the virus spiked back up in their community and they recognized, ‘Wow we could have had our kids back in for a couple of months or maybe even six months, and we missed that window,’” Riley continued, speaking at a press conference at the State House.

Only districts that are in the state’s red coronavirus risk category — the highest risk designation — for three consecutive weeks should stick with remote-only learning, Riley and Governor Charlie Baker have said.

Riley also spoke Thursday about a “soup-to-nuts” audit by the state that could be imposed on some districts that are pursuing a remote-only start to the academic school year. Sixteen districts have been identified by Riley and Baker for starting remotely despite public health data indicating it is safe to bring students back, the state

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US Health Officials Bemoan Conspiracy Theories Hampering Virus Response

This still from video streamed by the Senate HELP Committee shows Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, pushes back against unscientific assertions made about the Covid-19 virus from Senator Rand Paul during a lengthy hearing Wednesday. (Image via Courthouse News)

WASHINGTON (CN) — Shooting down a “deep-state” conspiracy theory on the Covid-19 vaccine and eviscerating an unscientific claim that herd immunity lowered virus transmissions in hard-hit New York City were just two items on a packed agenda for public health officials called Wednesday to testify before Congress on the state of the pandemic.

It was a scene reminiscent of earlier hearings hosted by the Republican-controlled Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, fielded curt questions from Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, on the very science underpinning what the nation’s top experts know so far about

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