Dozens of East Bay high school students tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 100 students had to quarantine in an outbreak linked to a private gathering.
Health experts say this incident shows California is not out of the woods yet, when it comes to the pandemic.
Twenty-one students, 19 of whom attend Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the gathering last month, which was not a school-sanctioned event, officials told the Bay Area News Group. The other two infected students attend other schools in the Acalanes Union High School District.
John Swartzberg, a clinical professor emeritus at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, believes that at this point, young people know how to prevent this kind of outbreak.
"It’s really simple, what we need to do – we mask, we social distance, we don’t get together in crowds," he said. "Now, if you’re vaccinated, it gets a little more complicated in the sense that there are things you can do more safely."
The bottom line, though, said UCSF’s Dr. George Rutherford, is that this incident serves as a reminder that even though society is starting to open back up, the pandemic is not over yet.
"You don’t want to spike the ball at the five-yard line," he told KCBS Radio. "We want to stay the course. We want to finish out, and I would say by mid-June we can have most of the population with at least one vaccine."
The majority of the students are reportedly out of quarantine and none who tested positive for the virus had to be hospitalized.