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Thread #167504   Message #4131271
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
06-Jan-22 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
Keep reading the remarks.

Fort Worth schools are back in session with students on campus, but as of yesterday, 50 teachers were out on quarantine because they tested positive for COVID. (From WFAA, but they don't have durable links so the story might not appear for long.)
As of Tuesday, 50 of the district’s 5,000 teachers were quarantined due to COVID, according to Fort Worth ISD Assistant Superintendent Michael Steinert.

Since Monday, the district has had 300 COVID reports amongst all staff members. The 300 COVID reports include close-contact reports and COVID positive cases. Not all of those staff members are quarantined, Steinert said.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
COVID is starting to spike among Fort Worth police and firefighters, but the city says it is meeting staffing minimums through overtime and schedule adjustments.

The Police Department said 56 of its roughly 1,600 employees tested positive for COVID last week, a 75% increase from the previous six weeks, but still down from the 104 cases at the end of 2020.

The Fire Department has been hit harder: 116 of the department’s 927 firefighters are out on COVID-related leave.

This mirrors the trend in Tarrant County and across the United States, which is seeing a post-holiday surge of COVID cases fueled by the omicron variant.

The fire department is cutting two weeks from its recruiting classes to push instructors and trainees into service.

Remember when all of the medical students were being pressed into service before they completed their degrees, or their degrees were rushed in order to make them eligible to work? That is still happening across other professions also.