Many people are starting the new year off with COVID-19. Cases have skyrocketed after the holidays. As of Dec. 29, there were 7,324 new deaths in Kansas.
The amount of cases has increased rapidly, causing a shortage in staff all over the country.
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing and shortage in staff members, many Wichita Public Schools have had to shut down for a few days.
According to KAKE News, USD 259 is looking into options for possibly extending remote learning. With many students catching COVID-19, they are worried about their grades now that remote learning is out of the picture.
The CDC recommends people with COVID-19 should be isolated for five days. If asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving then they should follow that by five days of wearing a mask to keep those around them safe.
Although a mask mandate has been in place since Aug. for Wichita Public Schools, many students have still caught COVID-19.
With the CDC shortening isolation and quarantine for positive COVID-19 individuals, there is a greater chance for the virus to spread if those who are supposed to wear a mask are not playing their role.
Proper sanitation is strongly encouraged and recommended to prevent the virus from spreading. Wash your hands, wear a mask and social distance.