Decatur schools encourage students to wear masks the last 2 weeks of school

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Schools in the city of Decatur are asking staff and students to wear masks again for the next two weeks until the end of the school year due to rising cases of COVID.

Last week, the district reported 56 cases, which is its second-highest weekly number for this school year.

The district can’t outright issue a mask mandate because Governor Kemp signed the Unmask Georgia Students Act. This law allows parents who do not want their children to wear masks to opt out of district warrants.

The state of Georgia is currently reporting 5,200 new cases between April 27 and yesterday, which is not much change from the previous report.

Nationally, cases are currently around 61,000 a day with hospital admissions just over 2,200.

In some major cities like San Francisco, there is a spike in COVID cases — up 160% since this time last month.

Experts warn that we are not out of the woods yet and say to prepare for a slight rise this summer.

Some parts of the country are reinstating mask mandates as cases rise. Today, the World Health Organization estimates that nearly 15 million people have been killed either by the coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems. That’s more than double the official death toll.

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