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U.S. Schools Return to Masking Mandates

Source: Steve Leblanc and Mike Catalini The Associated Press, Global News, May 12, 2022

High schools in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and in Montclair, New Jersey, a commuter suburb of New York City, have announced a return to masking.

U.S. COVID-19 cases are up, leading a smattering of school districts, particularly in the Northeast, to bring back mask mandates and recommendations for the first time since the Omicron winter surge ended and as the country approaches 1 million deaths in the pandemic.

The return of masking in schools is not nearly as widespread as earlier in the pandemic, particularly as the public’s worries over the virus have ebbed. But districts in Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have brought masks back, with a few in Massachusetts also recommending them even as the school year enters its final weeks.

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