CDC report recommends Covid-19 actions as students return to campus

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Delaware has gained the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as higher education institutions start their fall sessions.

Figures from the Delaware Division of Public Health showed the rate of positive cases has risen to more than 6 percent, after spending much of the summer below 5 percent. A five percent benchmark denotes a moderate spread of Covid-19.

The state has reported an uptick of cases coinciding with the return of students to colleges and highly limited in-class instruction in the lower grades, primarily at private schools.

No outbreaks have been linked to back-to-campus parties that have been reported elsewhere in the nation. Police did break up a 75 person party in Newark.

The CDC recently released state reports, including one for Delaware that was posted by CNN. The reports had not previously been made public.

The report noted that Delaware now has the 32nd highest rate of positive cases in the nation.

Delaware had 69 new cases per 100,000, compared to the national average of 88 per 100,000.

The report made numerous recommendations to state and university officials that include requiring all universities and colleges to have a plan for both rapid testing and contact tracing of students with symptoms.

The report endorsed New Castle County’s existing program that monitors wastewater for signs of the presence of Covid-19 that are not picked up through testing. The county program has been used in determining the location of drive-up Covid-19 testing sites.

Click here for a link to the CDC report.

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