Coronavirus BRIEFING

What Do We Know About Children and COVID-19?

As COVID-19 burns through Texas, districts and health departments across the state are wrestling with how to provide childcare and schooling to the state's 7 million-plus children. Jerri Barker, who runs a daycare in Waco, has watched warily as other facilities in the area began to report cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks. First, a church daycare, then a community center, two cases here, a few more there.

Although the case counts are easy to understand, not much else is clear.
"Every time there's a positive case in a childcare, it's handled a different way," said Barker, whose facility reopened in May to care for children of essential workers. "They'll announce that two staff have tested positive on a Friday and clean the center and open back up on Monday, but then other places, staff will test positive and they'll close for 2 weeks." After a pause, she added that it seems like "everybody's just making up the rules as we go along."

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