As all fifty states debate plans to reopen schools, the South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has unveiled plans for in-person learning. She was on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning and said that the “science is clear, our kids need to be in school.”
“It’s better for them, we got a lot of kids that haven’t checked in since virus hit, they need to be back in those classes,” continued Gov. Noem.
Responding to a question on when the kids are going back, Gov. Noem said that in South Dakota the kids are going back to school on time, and that “we have proven that distance learning is not that effective as being in the classroom.”
The Governor also addressed the issue of elderly teachers and how they could be impacted by this early reopening.
“We have fantastic teachers in South Dakota,” continued Gov. Noem. “Two-thirds of them are in the vulnerable population, so we are asking them to go back, and they really have a mission in their hearts to take care of these kids. They are also anxious to get back in their classrooms too.”
“For those that are older, or have pre-existing health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus there are accommodations that can be made,” continued Gov. Noem.
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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”
The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”
An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.
In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.
Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”
As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”
Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”
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