Local Health Officials Wary of School Return Surges

But Note Schools Have Experience Now
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Man in Mask. Photo credit Matt Demlein, WRVA

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - The Richmond-Henrico Health District says they are keeping an eye out for a potential surge in Covid-19 cases as colleges and school districts return this month. Colleges return as early as next week in some places, while school districts will be in session by the end of the month (Hopewell has already started classes).

However, Dr. Melissa Viray, Deputy Director of the District, says schools have a lot of experience with mitigation at this point. She says that could limit the Covid impact of bringing kids back together after summer vacation. Central Virginia has been at high community levels for much of the summer.

District Director Dr. Elaine Perry says they are working with colleges in regards to the monkeypox threat, which has been growing. Monkeypox is passed primarily through close physical contact, such as through sex.

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