The Northern Virginia Health Directors are recommending schools maintain universal indoor masking as a way to maximize all COVID-19 mitigation measures amid a surge in community infections in the region, according to a Dec. 30 letter from region health directors to school superintendents.

The letter, which was addressed to “Northern Virginia School Superintendents and Leaders,” was dated Dec. 30. It was shared on Twitter Sunday by Loudoun County Supervisor Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian).

The health directors said they share the superintendents’ commitment to maintain in-person instruction and reduce disease transmission during the pandemic. They also provided a list of mitigation recommendations for superintendents.

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“While we strongly recommend all these layers, we want to stress the importance of maintaining universal indoor masking our schools,” the health directors wrote, citing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Unvaccinated Virginians continue to be the group with the highest rate of infection in the commonwealth, according to the Virginia Department of Health data. Those who are unvaccinated developed COVID-19 at a rate 12 times higher than those who are fully vaccinated during the week ending Dec. 25, the most recent week available.

“The emergence of variants — such as Omicron — and surges in community infection increases the risk of in-school transmission and underscores the importance of maximizing use of multiple mitigation measures during instruction to optimally reduce transmission risk while continuing with vital in-school instruction,” the directors wrote.

Loudoun County Public Schools officials did not immediately respond to request for comment about the letter.

Loudoun set new record high for infections over the holidays. On New Year’s Eve, a day after the directors published the letter, the county recorded 1,215 new cases, according to VDH.

Loudoun’s 7-day rolling average of new daily cases per 100,000 residents continued trending upward, increasing from 122.7 cases on Dec. 31, to 182.8 cases on Monday, VDH data show.

Loudoun County has a positivity rate of 34.2% as of Jan. 3, which eclipses the previous record of 27.2% on April 25, 2020.

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J Smith

Do you ever wonder if our “health directors” both at the federal, state, and local levels really know what they’re doing?

I do. All the time.

Remember “Two weeks to flatten the curve?” That was two years ago. Look where we are now.

in February of 2020, Fauci said that “masks are really for infected people to prevent them spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.”

On March 8, 2020, on an interview with 60 Minutes Fauci insisted “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”

Then the science became political. Less than a year later, Fauci and the CDC said that two masks are better than one.

But in September 2020, the CDC let slip a little reveal of the truth. With fires burning in California, the CDC said that “masks will do nothing to protect you against wildfire smoke because they do not catch small particles.”

Whoa! Read that again. Did you know that smoke particles are far larger the SARCoV2?

Have you worn a mask and still been able to smell a bad odor? Try this experiment. Vape, put on your mask, blow a vape cloud and watch smoke appear everywhere (through your mask and around your mask).

Your mask protects no one.

And why is it that the first thing anyone who talks about vaccines must say, “Get vaccinated. It’s our best chance.”

I’m waiting for a health director to mention that there is a risk of myocarditis and heart attacks in otherwise healthy and physically fit young people who get vaccinated and boosted. But that’s not going to happen. Why, because they will lose their job and be canceled. That’s the state of free speech in our Union right now. Just DuckDuckGo “athletes heart attack vaccine” to peruse the many athletes who have collapsed on the field of play in 2021. Coincidence?

The vaccine has limited efficacy (that’s why you need booster after booster), doesn’t keep you getting Covid or transmitting it, and comes with very significant potential side effects. Given that the survivability of COVID is 99.99%, and better than that if you are younger, the risk vs reward for most people is not there.

So, let’s stop pushing the mantra, “Get vaccinated. It’s our best chance.” That’s a lie. So is the idea that a mask (or two) will protect you and others from Covid.

What we should be doing is offering vaccines to the elderly who are already compromised. Then let everyone go live a normal life.

Yes, Omicron is going to run rampant. SARCoV2 has mutated into a more infectious less virulent strain. That’s what viruses do. The real statistic is hospitalizations. With omicron running rampant, there have been no stories about hospitals getting crushed with omicron patients.

Lastly, Supervisor Briskman has had little to offer Loudoun County but fear, symbolism, and division. I’m waiting for her to actually do something productive for our community. I’ve yet to see it.

jke

No one cares. Goodfriend is another shill like Anthony F.

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