Some schools close after reopening amid COVID-19

Plus, an internal FEMA memo shows nearly 8,000 people died from the virus last week, a 24% jump over the previous seven-day period.
2:58 | 08/04/20

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We get the latest on the coronavirus emergency and an internal memo shows nearly 8,000 people died from the disease last week, 24% jump over the previous seven-day period and now new back-to-school concerns with some schools that tried to re-open already forced to shut back down. Steve osunsami is in Atlanta with the story. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, George. Many would say this is to be we're already seeing an increasing number of cases in school systems that are just now opening. There are 30 states across the country this morning seeing spikes in covid-19 hospitalizations. And at the same time Dr. Anthony Fauci is pointing to states outside the sun belt warning that they could see a, quote, insidious increase in cases. For those of the group out on the front line, thank you for what you're doing but be prepared because there's a lot of work ahead. Reporter: One of his concerns are school systems welcoming back students and in Georgia's largest school district school hasn't even started yet and nearly 300 gwinnett teachers and staff members are sick or exposed to the virus. It's hard to focus on what I'm paid to do because of this health pandemic and how risky it is to go into the building. Reporter: For many familys across the country whose school systems have gone with in-school instruction it's a tough decision to send the kids to class. That was hard. Reporter: Health officials insist that none of this will get any easier as long as we keep seeing this, people crowding a Beverly hills mansion overnight and at the party there was not a face covering in sight. Police responded after a noise complaint. They made no arrests and wrote no tickets. New Jersey's health commissioner is blaming another crowded party for a growing outbreak that has hit the Rutgers university football team. So far at least 28 players have tested positive for the coronavirus. And even when schools, for example, follow precautions recommended by health authorities, children who return to them are still at risk. A mother with a student at Indiana university shares this Facebook post saying despite routine testing and social distancing at the school her son, freshman offensive lineman Brady Feeney tested positive, had trouble breathing and is now struggling with possible heart issues writing, bottom line, even if your son's schools do everything right to protect them they can't protect them. This morning, a gro of college football players from several schools in the pac-12 are now threatening to skip all preseason activities and training camps if the NCAA and their schools don't take a greater stand on racial justice issues and do more to ensure their safety in the middle of this pandemic. They want to be able to opt out of playing this season and still keep their scholarships, George, if they're not cool with the health risks.

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