Carvalho on coronavirus in Miami-Dade: ‘We are not ready to reopen schools’

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Wednesday that as long coronavirus cases continue to increase at the current rate schools will not be safe to reopen.

Carvalho met with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and epidemiologists who believe that the ideal environment to reopen schools would require that less than 10% of the people who get tested in Miami-Dade County are diagnosed with COVID-19.

The daily positivity rate in Miami-Dade was about 20% on July 5th and about 16% on Tuesday.

“It is actually counterintuitive and dangerous,” Carvalho said.

The positivity rate for children in Miami-Dade County has been high. According to the Florida Department of Health, about 40% of minors who have been tested in Miami-Dade for the coronavirus have tested positive.

Most of the children are asymptomatic carriers, Carvalho said. In Miami-Dade County, there have been 3,076 pediatric COVID-19 cases. Four boys, ages 1 to 14, and one 9-year-old girl were diagnosed with the rare COVID-19-induced multisystem inflammatory syndrome, data shows.

“The safety, the security, the well-being of our teachers, of our students continues to be the highest priority,” Carvalho said.

Carvalho also said he is looking forward to reopening schools and so are many of the 200,000 parents who responded to a recent survey. About 48% said they wanted distance learning, and the rest of the parents want their children to be able to return to a classroom.

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