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California classrooms closed for fall as virus cases surge

Virus Outbreak California
Posted at 11:02 AM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 14:14:25-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Most of California’s 6.7 million school kids will be learning from home when the new school year begins next month as the state struggles with soaring rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday issued strict guidelines for 32 counties that are on a state watch list because of COVID-19 outbreaks. They effectively require distance learning in public and private K-12 schools. The largest districts, including Los Angeles and San Diego, already had planned to delay in-person teaching. Newsom's announcement came as California reported its third-highest daily total of newly confirmed coronavirus cases: nearly 10,000 and 130 deaths.