NEW ORLEANS (NewsNation Now) — Public schools in New Orleans will go back to “distance learning” this week because of rising COVID-19 cases in the city.
The city’s school system said Monday that all pre-K through Grade 12 classes will go online by no later than Thursday, Jan. 7. School leaders say they will monitor COVID-19 data and trends and reevaluate this decision no sooner than Jan. 21. The public school system in New Orleans had implemented a return to in-class learning that began back in September.
The move comes a week after the city tightened virus-related restrictions on public gatherings and again ended indoor service at bars.
According to data from the Louisiana Department of Health, more than 7,500 people have died from COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana.
Overnight, Louisiana reported 1,190 new cases.
The total number of cases statewide totals is now 322,181.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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