Even as Gov. Murphy announced that masking policies would be left up to individual school districts to enforce this fall, epidemiologists predicted we could all be wearing masks again in a few months. This, as a North Jersey urgent care clinic reported five positive COVID-19 tests on Saturday; four of those were from the same family — two adults who were vaccinated against the disease and two unvaccinated children.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to President Biden, recently noted that young children — who aren’t eligible for COVID-19 vaccines — were more likely to catch the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus and pass it on. The delta variant now comprises 20% of new cases in the U.S., 7.3% in New Jersey.