After the annual trip to the nation's Capitol was cancelled for two straight years due to the coronavirus pandemic, a group of Marin County eight graders were once again recently allowed to take the trip.
But upon arrival back home, county health leaders learned 56 of those students tested positive for COVID-19. Details about which schools the students attend have not been revealed.
A majority of the cases are mild and a majority of the infected students are vaccinated, half of them with their booster shots.
The Marin County Health Department is recommending anyone infected with COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status to stay home for at least five days after initial symptoms. Isolation can end if symptoms end or there's a negative COVID-19 test.
UCSF Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Peter Chin Hong this variant is following a predictable pattern.
"We’ve seen this pattern before it starts in Europe. It comes to the east coast, and then it comes to the west coast. What we may see happening more is a faster change from one region to another because of decrease in restrictions in general, so the virus will probably tend to travel around more and of course its spring break now," he explained.
The unfortunate infection is believed to come as several cities, including DC, are seeing an uptick in cases. Just this week, 72 people tested positive for COVID-19 in DC at an annual dinner.
In addition, in the last 24 hours it was announced that two DC area universities, American and George Washington universities, are reinstating the mask mandate because of an increase in positive cases.
Marin County education officials in conjunction with the county's health department will hold a zoom call to update members of the community on the positive cases related to the recent DC trip.
You can find the link to the meeting at marinschools.org.