A Daily Progress story on reported COVID cases in the Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) missed two key points salient to the ongoing public health conversation.
The article references, without comment, four staff members who “tested positive for COVID-19.” Later revealed in the story: according to Eileen Gomez, ACPS COVID-19 Coordinator, “one of the Albemarle County staff members who tested positive was not vaccinated.”
In other words, 3-of-4 or 75% of COVID-positive ACPS-reported staff cases were vaccinated. Analysis of this astounding statistic was absent from the story.
The illogic continues, as the writer reports:
Additionally, 21 students and one staff member are currently quarantining because of exposure during the last week. The majority of the people are in quarantine because of exposure on school buses, division COO Rosalyn Schmitt told county School Board members Thursday evening.
That’s because the definition of who is considered a close contact is different on a school bus versus the classroom, where a child who comes within three to six feet of an infected student doesn’t have to quarantine if both were wearing masks correctly and consistently for the entire time. [emphasis added]
The article provides no explanation as to why bus exposure would be treated differently than classroom exposure. Expedience is presumed.
A limited-exception vaccine mandate recently was imposed on all ACPS teachers and staff.
School Board member David Oberg issued a plea to unvaccinated ACPS staff:
“For my own state of mind, I urge our employees to get vaccinated,” School Board member David Oberg said.
“Please. Any child who gets sick because one of our employees does not get vaccinated will crush me.”
Oberg—in his dispensing of medical advice—did not indicate or was not asked if he would be crushed by vaccinated ACPS staff sickening a child, a possible scenario confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
Mindless statements and senseless policies continue to rule the day in Albemarle County Public Schools, where science is disregarded and panic is embraced.