About 77% of public-school districts and 43% of private and charter schools (or more than 1,600 schools) have opened in Los Angeles County for in-classroom instruction.
L.A. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer reported during a regular news conference on Monday that the majority of the schools have higher than 80% compliance to health protocols.
The L.A. Unified School District has required schools to require students to get coronavirus tests before their campuses reopen.
Public schools have upgraded air filters and added numbers to their custodial staff to make sure campuses are cleaned and disinfected.
Infection rates in schools are generally low to infection rates in communities.
Health officials added that infection rates usually corresponded with what was happening with the community.
“COVID transmission, amongst school staff is driven not so much by their exposure to infection at the school, but primarily by exposure in the community. Whenever community transmission rates were high, there were more cases at schools,” Ferrer explained.
On Wednesday (April 21) the county reported the lowest daily coronavirus test positivity rate since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
The positivity rate stood at 0.8 % on Wednesday.
Countywide, COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have stabilized over the past few weeks and are at much lower levels than they were during the winter surge.