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COVID-19 Positivity Rates Hover Above 10% As Miami Schools Reopen For Second Semester

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Jose Iglesias/Miami Herald
First graders at Redland Elementary in Homestead are led into the classroom by their teacher after being dropped off by their parents on Oct. 5. It was the first day of Miami-Dade County Public Schools opened for in-person classes since the onset of the pandemic.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools reconvened Monday for the second semester of an unprecedented school year as the county’s COVID-19 positivity rates did not meet one of the established criteria for reopening schools.

Miami-Dade County’s 14-day positivity rate is 10.57% and rising. That doesn’t jibe with the criteria the district set in deciding when to reopen schools.

Medical and public health experts informing the school district on its reopening plans approved eight criteria this summer for reopening schools. The first one: A sustained COVID-19 positivity rate of less than 10%, trending toward 5%, for 14 days.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.