COVID-19 Bulletin (08/11/21)

Three-day total of 3,270 new COVID-19 cases. Texas Senators debate funding for virtual school.

Dallas Judge Clay Jenkins reports a three day total of 3,270 new COVID-19 cases and 5 Deaths. Around 97 percent of cases are from the delta variant.

There are 2,486 COVID-19 patients in North Texas hospitals, representing 17.21 percent of bed capacity and 38.21 percent of adult ICU patients, Steve Love of the DFW Hospital Council reports.

Texas Senators are debating whether to approve a bill seeking state funding for virtual school. As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spike throughout the state, schools are pleading with the state to fund online classes. But state testing data shows student performance tanked during the pandemic, when many of the state’s students learned from home. Read more with The Dallas Morning News.

Schools in Texas are giving parents of younger students the option for their kids to repeat last year, KERA reports. Parents of elementary and middle school kids in the state have to make the choice before school starts. That’s an option lawmakers gave them because of the pandemic learning loss.


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