COVID cases rise and people’s masks fall

As California school Covid rules are gradually becoming less restrictive, CVUSD positive cases are suddenly increasing.

Following the end of the mask mandate at CVUSD, the percentage of masked students has dropped from 95 percent in mid-March to 92 percent in early May according to a count done by The Olympian.

The end of the mask mandate and the slight decrease in masked students could possibly have a correlation with the rise in cases this past month. The CVUSD Positive Case Dashboard shows that in March there were a total of 28 positive cases. In April, it rose to 128 cases after the end of the mask mandate in mid-March. Specifically at CVHS, cases increased by more than tenfold.

“The masks were definitely helping and that’s why I think it’s better for everyone if we all wear masks. Yeah, they’re uncomfortable at times, however it’s all about protecting ourselves and other people,” stated CVHS health teacher Erika Ikemoto.

CVHS Trojans have various concerns around decreased masking in classrooms and what it may mean for their safety at school.

“I feel like the mask mandate should still be in place because there is still Covid around and there’s even a new variant. I still wear my mask around school, but some of my friends don’t. I think not wearing it outside is understandable but we should still wear them in classrooms,” said sophomore Clare Chung.

“I understand masks off outdoors, but I don’t trust everyone else enough to be maskless indoors. I’ll keep my mask on to keep my peers, their families, and myself as safe as possible. I suggest you do the same,” said sophomore Emma Pham.

Some are hopeful about the progress in the fight against Covid, but are still being cautious out of worry for others.

“Since we’re lifting the mask mandate, that’s a start to going back to normal, but it makes me nervous for populations who are more at risk,” said biology teacher Emily Ledford.

In October, the state announced that there would be a vaccine mandate for students, but since then, the requirement has been pushed back to the next school year. The vaccines have not been fully approved by the FDA for children in grades 7-12 and are still only under emergency approval for that age group.

“I think it would be beneficial for all to have a vaccine, but there are a lot of people who are not willing to get it for a number of reasons. It is beneficial to have students at school even though they aren’t vaccinated, however the mask mandate should be something that should still be in place for the protection of all,” said Ikemoto.

Although the number of positive cases could decrease with the implementation of a vaccine mandate in the school district, the earliest it could be implemented would be some time this summer. It is still in question whether or not it will be in place by the start of the next school year.

4 thoughts on “COVID cases rise and people’s masks fall

  • May 16, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Hopefully, a mask mandate is implemented this summer so we never have to worry about cases going up again.

  • May 16, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    I still double mask at school. I will NOT take my mask off at school until either we have AT LEAST 80% of people in the United States FULLY VACCINATED and/or a MAJORITY of the people that I know are OK with me maskless AND would be comfortable with me being maskless. I do NOT want OR need to make ANYONE uncomfortable.

  • May 16, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I still feel like having a mask is a good idea, and it has shown so. Ever since lifting the mask mandate is seems like cases in California are starting a rise slowly. Hope covid goes away soon.

  • May 16, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    A lot of my friends are currently testing positive for COVID and it makes me even more scared than before. I hope that more people get the vaccine and keep wearing their masks in high risk areas so that we can all stay safe.

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