Gov. Carney, Division of Public Health Dr. Rattay Consider Masks In Schools Per CDC Guidance
DOVER, DE- Governor John Carney stopped just short of announcing any major mandates during a Covid19 Briefing where he was joined by Delaware Division of Public Health Director Karyl Rattay.
Gov. Carney says his administration is still debating whether to enforce the CDC mask guidance recommendations for schools in the first state.
He says a decision will be coming soon, as the school year is set to begin for students in Delaware.
During the briefing, Carney explained that the lifting of the state of emergency makes enforcing a mandate harder, but his office believes kids need to learn in person without compromising on student, teacher, and community safety.
“With respect to universal masking in schools that’s something that we’re looking at as I mentioned earlier, the state of emergency declaration expired on July 13th, and we were looking at other emergency powers that the state has with respect to universal masking in schools this being one of our top priorities,” he said.
One school district however is not waiting for the governor to make a call.
The Christiana school board announced this week they would be moving to enforce a mask mandate for the next school year.
They can make that call because, without a state of emergency, or a mandate from the governor, the decision to opt-in to masking up falls to the school administrators.
Division of public health Director Doctor Karyl Rattay says the rise in delta cases that are driving the discussions for stricter guidelines in public places
are directly linked to areas with low vaccination rates.
“Clearly, Western Sussex is a hotspot for us right now and it’s is also the area in our state with the lowest vaccination rates so we are keeping an eye there right now,” Rattay said.
Dr. Rattay laid out data at the briefing showing the majority of the cases stem from those between 18 and 34 years old, the same demographic with the lowest number of vaccinations.
On a positive note, she says covid testing is up 47 percent and will be prepared to scale up even more as the state unveils new guidelines for testing.
They recommend the unvaccinated get tested once a week and that vaccinated people wear a mask if they believe they’ve been exposed until they receive a negative test.