Millions more children in the U.S. learned Friday that they’re unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, as officials laid out new details of what lies ahead after summer vacation.The announcements came as many states —particularly in the Sunbelt — struggled to cope with a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Teams of military medics were deployed in Texas and California to help hospitals deluged by coronavirus patients, and Miami area authorities began stepping up enforcement of a mask requirement.Above video: Delays happening in coronavirus test resultsCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out strict criteria for school reopenings that makes classroom instruction unlikely for most districts. The rules mandate that students above 2nd grade and all staff wear masks in school.Texas gave public schools permission to keep their facilities closed for more than 5 million students well into the fall. Under the new guidelines, schools can hold online-only instruction for up to the first eight weeks of the school year, potentially pushing a return to campus in some cities until November.Most Chicago children would return to the classroom just two days a week and spend the other three days learning remotely under a tentative plan outlined by officials from the nation’s third-largest school district. A final decision for fall classes for the district’s more than 300,000 students won’t come until late August.Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she will override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their schooling in classrooms. Her proclamation drew immediate criticism from the state teachers union.US cases shatter another record with over 77,000 reported in single dayGrim numbers this week came to another peak as a federal prison by Dallas has noted at least 1,072 inmates have active COVID-19 cases, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.The low-security federal correctional institution, FCI Seagoville, has 1798 inmates. Ten workers have also tested positive there, too.An inmate said guards have tried to separate people who have gotten the virus, but the prison population still shares restrooms, phones and computers, The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.As some states struggled to tame the virus, the debate over wearing face coverings is heating up. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday over her efforts to require face masks in public places.Kemp extended Georgia’s emergency coronavirus restrictions and said while people are “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings — they’re not required. While the order limits public gatherings to 50 people and mandates social distancing, it also prevents local governments from implementing stricter rules than the state’s — including requiring face masks.But Bottoms’ office told CNN her order remains in effect. “Science and data will continue to drive the city’s decisions. Masks save lives,” a spokesman said.City officials took their outcry to social media, where the mayor tweeted that “a better use of tax payer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing.”Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr tweeted that residents are urged to wear masks but the lawsuit is about the “rule of law.”And in Utah, a public meeting about a mask policy was abruptly canceled when people without face coverings packed the room. The crowd booed when it was called off.”This is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing,” Utah County Commissioner Tanner Ainge said at the meeting room in Provo. “We’re supposed to be physically distancing, wearing masks. This gathering violates current health recommendations.” The latest numbersThe United States has recorded over 3.6 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University. Across the world, 14 million people have tested positive for the virus.There were 77,255 new cases reported Thursday, topping a previous high set two days ago, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 943 people were reported dead that day.More than 139,000 Americans have died from coronavirus nationwide, and experts warn that number will likely go up as hospitalizations rise in several states.Thirty-nine states reported an increase in the number of new cases from the week before. California, Florida, Arizona and Texas have become the states to watch as surging coronavirus cases lead to a shortage of hospital beds.In South Texas’ Hidalgo County, some patients have to wait on a stretcher for 10 hours before being examined due to lack of resources, said Dr. Ivan Melendez, the public health authority.”We are in dire need, and we are exhausted,” he said. “We had four ICU patients. Now we have 211. We had three people on ventilators. Now we have 135.”The county has seen more than 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases — more than 1,200 reported Thursday alone, he said. Lagging test results hamper effortsStates depend on testing data to make crucial decisions on reopenings and resources. But that data is lagging as testing sites get backed up.Tests are being done in much larger numbers — a positive development. But the increase is also slowing down results, and officials want to reduce wait times for results.”Even in the large commercial labs, and we follow this every single day, there may be an outlier that’s 10 days or 12 days, we can’t deny that that happens,” said Adm. Brett Giroir of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.He wants test results back as fast as possible, but a three-day turnaround is “very reasonable,” he said.Commercial labs have said they are backed up, with results often taking as long as seven days to turn around. “I’m never going to say that I’m happy with any turnaround time,” Giroir added.Giroir says 700,000 to 800,000 people are being tested each day. That means it’ll be a week before officials know how many of them are infected.Test results provide important information for contract tracers trying to find people who might be infected. When testing results are delayed more than three days, not even perfect contact tracing can keep the spread of the virus from accelerating, researchers have warned.Young people warned to be cautiousThe nation’s leading infectious disease expert has a message for young people: you’re not immune to serious infection.While the data shows that young people are less likely to become seriously ill, there’s ample evidence of young people being “knocked out on their back and brought to their knees pretty quick” by COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.He warned young people this is not the time to risk exposing themselves to the virus. Many of them are getting horribly sick for weeks, he told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.”I’ve never seen an infection with this broad range of manifestations,” he said. “You’re going to get back to normal, and you’ll be able to freely have fun, go to the bars, go with the crowds, but not now.”Stop the spread of COVID-19To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask.Masks are required in public places in some states and businesses. Several major retailers have announced mask requirement policies as the nation spikes in cases in certain areas.The CDC also recommends you keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.For more tips on how to stay safe, CLICK HERE. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Millions more children in the U.S. learned Friday that they’re unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, as officials laid out new details of what lies ahead after summer vacation.

The announcements came as many states —particularly in the Sunbelt — struggled to cope with a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Teams of military medics were deployed in Texas and California to help hospitals deluged by coronavirus patients, and Miami area authorities began stepping up enforcement of a mask requirement.

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Above video: Delays happening in coronavirus test results

California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out strict criteria for school reopenings that makes classroom instruction unlikely for most districts. The rules mandate that students above 2nd grade and all staff wear masks in school.

Texas gave public schools permission to keep their facilities closed for more than 5 million students well into the fall. Under the new guidelines, schools can hold online-only instruction for up to the first eight weeks of the school year, potentially pushing a return to campus in some cities until November.

Most Chicago children would return to the classroom just two days a week and spend the other three days learning remotely under a tentative plan outlined by officials from the nation’s third-largest school district. A final decision for fall classes for the district’s more than 300,000 students won’t come until late August.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she will override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their schooling in classrooms. Her proclamation drew immediate criticism from the state teachers union.

US cases shatter another record with over 77,000 reported in single day

Grim numbers this week came to another peak as a federal prison by Dallas has noted at least 1,072 inmates have active COVID-19 cases, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The low-security federal correctional institution, FCI Seagoville, has 1798 inmates. Ten workers have also tested positive there, too.

An inmate said guards have tried to separate people who have gotten the virus, but the prison population still shares restrooms, phones and computers, The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.

As some states struggled to tame the virus, the debate over wearing face coverings is heating up. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday over her efforts to require face masks in public places.

Kemp extended Georgia’s emergency coronavirus restrictions and said while people are “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings — they’re not required. While the order limits public gatherings to 50 people and mandates social distancing, it also prevents local governments from implementing stricter rules than the state’s — including requiring face masks.

But Bottoms’ office told CNN her order remains in effect. “Science and data will continue to drive the city’s decisions. Masks save lives,” a spokesman said.

City officials took their outcry to social media, where the mayor tweeted that “a better use of tax payer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing.”

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr tweeted that residents are urged to wear masks but the lawsuit is about the “rule of law.”

And in Utah, a public meeting about a mask policy was abruptly canceled when people without face coverings packed the room. The crowd booed when it was called off.

“This is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing,” Utah County Commissioner Tanner Ainge said at the meeting room in Provo. “We’re supposed to be physically distancing, wearing masks. This gathering violates current health recommendations.”

The latest numbers

The United States has recorded over 3.6 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University. Across the world, 14 million people have tested positive for the virus.

There were 77,255 new cases reported Thursday, topping a previous high set two days ago, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 943 people were reported dead that day.

More than 139,000 Americans have died from coronavirus nationwide, and experts warn that number will likely go up as hospitalizations rise in several states.

Thirty-nine states reported an increase in the number of new cases from the week before. California, Florida, Arizona and Texas have become the states to watch as surging coronavirus cases lead to a shortage of hospital beds.

In South Texas’ Hidalgo County, some patients have to wait on a stretcher for 10 hours before being examined due to lack of resources, said Dr. Ivan Melendez, the public health authority.

“We are in dire need, and we are exhausted,” he said. “We had four ICU patients. Now we have 211. We had three people on ventilators. Now we have 135.”

The county has seen more than 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases — more than 1,200 reported Thursday alone, he said.

Lagging test results hamper efforts

States depend on testing data to make crucial decisions on reopenings and resources. But that data is lagging as testing sites get backed up.

Tests are being done in much larger numbers — a positive development. But the increase is also slowing down results, and officials want to reduce wait times for results.

“Even in the large commercial labs, and we follow this every single day, there may be an outlier that’s 10 days or 12 days, we can’t deny that that happens,” said Adm. Brett Giroir of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

He wants test results back as fast as possible, but a three-day turnaround is “very reasonable,” he said.

Commercial labs have said they are backed up, with results often taking as long as seven days to turn around. “I’m never going to say that I’m happy with any turnaround time,” Giroir added.

Giroir says 700,000 to 800,000 people are being tested each day. That means it’ll be a week before officials know how many of them are infected.

Test results provide important information for contract tracers trying to find people who might be infected. When testing results are delayed more than three days, not even perfect contact tracing can keep the spread of the virus from accelerating, researchers have warned.

Young people warned to be cautious

The nation’s leading infectious disease expert has a message for young people: you’re not immune to serious infection.

While the data shows that young people are less likely to become seriously ill, there’s ample evidence of young people being “knocked out on their back and brought to their knees pretty quick” by COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

He warned young people this is not the time to risk exposing themselves to the virus. Many of them are getting horribly sick for weeks, he told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“I’ve never seen an infection with this broad range of manifestations,” he said. “You’re going to get back to normal, and you’ll be able to freely have fun, go to the bars, go with the crowds, but not now.”

Stop the spread of COVID-19

To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask.

Masks are required in public places in some states and businesses. Several major retailers have announced mask requirement policies as the nation spikes in cases in certain areas.

The CDC also recommends you keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more tips on how to stay safe, CLICK HERE.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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