COVID spreading inside Duxbury schools, with 10 cases reported

COVID spreading inside Duxbury schools, with 10 cases reported in 2 days, officials say. Duxbury Public School officials have said the district is seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases in the school community, with evidence of in-person spread and 10 new cases reported in a two-day period.

There have been several instances of in-school spread at Alden School, according to a letter sent Friday from Interim Superintendent Danielle Klingaman and Interim Assistant Superintendent Beth Wilcox.

Classes impacted by in-school spread are using test and stay protocol with parent permission, the letter said.

From Sept. 1 through Nov. 9, the district had 22 total COVID cases. From Nov. 10 to 19, there were 23 more cases, with 10 of those cases reported in the past two days, the administrators said Friday.

“We are continuing with the COVID mitigation strategies that proved to be extremely effective in our schools last year, including spacing student desks, maximizing distancing during snack and lunch, use of hand sanitizer, utilizing outdoor spaces, and mask-wearing at all times while indoors. We also continue to follow enhanced cleaning protocols, including sanitizing high-touch surfaces during the school day,” the letter read.

School officials asked families to be vigilant outside of school, citing an apparent spike in COVID cases across the state.

“Our number one priority is for students to remain healthy and in school this year and it will take a collective effort to successfully navigate the next few winter months. We know that everyone is looking forward to a more normal Thanksgiving this year, but we ask that families keep COVID safety in mind over the holiday break,” the letter read.

Reports of COVID cases among students and school staff have been increasing statewide over the last two weeks.

From Nov. 11 to 17, Massachusetts public schools reported that 3,257 students and 558 staff members tested positive for the virus. That’s an increase from Nov. 4 to 10, when 2,640 students and 381 staff members tested positive.

In this image taken from video, demonstrators protest against government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Police fired warning shots, injuring an unknown number of people, as riots broke out Friday night in downtown Rotterdam at a demonstration against plans by the government to restrict access for unvaccinated people to some venues. (Media TV Rotterdam via AP)AP

Police opened fire on protesters and seven people were injured in rioting that erupted in downtown Rotterdam around a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions. The Dutch city’s mayor called it “an orgy of violence.”

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told reporters in the early hours of Saturday morning that “on a number of occasions the police felt it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves” as rioters ran rampage through the port city’s central shopping district, setting fires and throwing rocks and fireworks at officers.

“They shot at protesters, people were injured,” Aboutaleb said. He did not have details on the injuries. Police also fired warning shots.

A number of police officers also were injured in the violence and officers arrested dozens of people and expect to arrest more after studying video footage from security cameras, Aboutaleb said.

Photos from the scene showed at least one police car in flames and another with a bicycle slammed through its windshield.

Riot police and a water cannon restored calm after midnight.

It was one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the Netherlands since coronavirus restrictions were first imposed last year. In January, rioters also attacked police and set fires on the streets of Rotterdam after a curfew came into force.

Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus condemned the events.

“The riots and extreme violence against police officers, riot police and firefighters last night in Rotterdam are disgusting to see,” he said in a statement.

“Protesting is a great right in our society, but what we saw last night is simply criminal behavior. It has nothing to do with demonstrating,” he added.

Police units from around the country raced to Rotterdam to help bring Friday night’s situation under control. Local media reported that gangs of soccer hooligans were involved in the rioting.

Video from social media shown on Dutch broadcaster NOS appeared to show one person being shot in Rotterdam, but there was no immediate word on what happened.

Police said in a tweet that it was “still unclear how and by whom” that person was apparently shot.

An independent investigation into the shootings by police was opened, as is the case whenever Dutch police use their weapons.

The government has said it wants to introduce a law that would allow businesses to restrict the country’s coronavirus pass system to only people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 — that would exclude people who test negative.

The country has seen record numbers of infections in recent days and a new partial lockdown came into force a week ago.

Local political party Leefbaar Rotterdam condemned the violence in a tweet.

“The center of our beautiful city has this evening transformed into a war zone,” it said. “Rotterdam is a city where you can disagree with things that happen but violence is never, never, the solution.

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