MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials are urging schools to continue requiring masks despite a decline in COVID-19 cases in the state.
The state department of public health said Tuesday almost 23 percent of COVID infections in Alabama are among children up to the age of 17. As of Monday, at least 30 children were hospitalized for the disease, and three were on ventilators.
In a news release, the department said consistent and correct mask use in schools has helped reduce the number of cases of COVID-19 and helped schools remain open to in-person learning.
Alabama is leaving masking decisions to local districts, though many are requiring them over the objections of parents.