ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – Schools in Albemarle County have seen a drop in COVID-19 case numbers over the past two weeks, coinciding with the time the mask mandate was lifted. Although correlation in this case is not causal.
“Even before the two-week period, we saw a downward trend in our case numbers,” said ACPS COVID-19 coordinator Eileen Gomez. “It’s not just here in Albemarle County Public Schools, but in the entire local, health district.”
Two weeks ago, 48 students in the school district were ill with COVID-19. On March 15, it is only seven.
“We had the highest number of cases back in January, and ever since then we have been steadily declining,” Gomez said. “So since March 1, this downward trend has continued.”
Gomez says it’s a result of the transfer of society and the rise of immunity, and that has nothing to do with the mask mandate. Gomez and ACPS spokesman Phil Giaramita says most students in the district still wear masks.
“I think we’ve done some research, unscientific, of children still wearing masks, and I think in most of our schools, 75% to 80% of children are still wearing masks, even though it is optional, “Giaramita said.
Gomez and Giaramita say these figures increased the level of comfort in schools.
“Recently, the Albemarle County quarantine schedule changed from 10 days to five days,” Gomez said. “And it’s five days with a negative test that people can return to after quarantine.”
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