Mask Mandates Are Returning to Schools as COVID-19 Cases Surge


On April 11, public schools in Providence, R.I, made face masks optional instead of mandatory for students and teachers—celebrating the move as a “positive milestone” brought about by declining COVID-19 cases among students and community support for a more lenient policy. Brandon Guthrie, Associate Professor of global health, was mentioned. 

After More Than 330 Daily Summaries, the COVID-19 Literature Situation Report Comes to an End

For nearly seventeen months, the COVID-19 Literature Situation Report provided up-to-date information to the public health community about scientific evidence relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. After more than 330 daily summaries, the project – a partnership between the Washington Department of Health (WA DOH) and University of Washington Department of Global Health (DGH) – ended on June 15, 2021.

COVID-19 In-Depth Report: Summary of Evidence Related to the Risk of Other Infections in the Context of COVID-19

Severe COVID-19 is associated with critical illness and immune dysregulation, both of which have been previously associated with increased risk of nosocomial infection. The care of COVID-19 patients has required dramatic changes to usual hospital practices and heightened concern for infection control practices. This is a brief summary of published evidence related to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-COVID infections.

New COVID-19 In-Depth Report: Summary of SARS-CoV-2 Novel Variants

At just over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, evolution of SARS-CoV-2 has generated viral variants that differ in their genetic sequence from the strain first detected in December 2019. Evidence is emerging about how these variants differ in their transmission characteristics, associated clinical symptoms, and vaccine efficacy. This document is a brief summary of published evidence about characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 variants that may impact the public health response, including transmission and response to vaccination.

Evidence Related to Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Most countries world-wide implemented localized or national school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with estimates of >65% of enrolled children globally affected by school closures.1 Since the early pandemic, schools in many settings around the world have fully or partially re-opened for in-person instruction, while in other settings schools have re-opened exclusively using online learning.