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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As COVID-19 reveals, responsible adults are needed - in education and life

    The COVID-19 crisis, with all of its complexities, is revealing simplicities about education and life. There is nothing like a national crisis to distill what matters most, helping prioritize the paramount over the petty. Winston Churchill, a leader during a different time of global crisis, observed, "Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge."

    As the scope and nature of the virus become clearer, life feels complex and unfamiliar. Stakeholders have shifted. School buildings have closed. Education delivery models have changed. As one article noted, "We're All Homeschoolers Now." Free online educational resources seem to have proliferated; at times, it may feel like there's too much to navigate.

    Yet, intense simplicities are emerging. Here's one: We share a common aim of helping one another. Never have I been prouder to be an American. Neighbors are helping neighbors. School buses are being repurposed to deliver food. Private businesses are redirecting resources to make protective gear. Face masks for first responders-it's an American rallying cry being answered, right now, by businesses and individuals in our state and nation.

    Here's another simplicity: We all need community. Family and friends play a key role in keeping us safe and sane. Nothing takes the place of face-to-face interaction in our homes with those we love. While we are practicing social distancing, human touch with a responsible adult and a child is priceless. Online resources, while essential, can only do so much. The same is true of brick and mortar classrooms and even government.

    A third simplicity: We all must take personal responsibility. Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, have said repeatedly that personal responsibility, ultimately, will make the difference in slowing the spread of the virus.

    This idea of personal responsibility applies to our children as well as to ourselves. Every child needs a responsible adult in order to flourish. Responsible adults are children's most basic first responders.

    The notion that it takes a village to raise a child is important, of course. But what we're seeing more of now is how important it is for each child's responsible adult to work closely with the village. Generally, it's best when that responsible adult can be a parent. However, society is blessed when other adults step in for children if the parent isn't available-and also, during times of crisis, when families need extra help.

    In this current moment of crisis, I want to highlight just a few of the ways North Carolina's schools are working to help students and families.

    Schools are expanding learning opportunities. Charter school leader Andrew Harris, CEO at Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies, is reaching across school silos to help district schools and other charter schools implement remote learning protocols. Kristin Brackett, a kindergarten teacher at Pinnacle Classical Academy, is sharing story time with her students through a YouTube channel.

    Schools are reminding students about what really matters. In a lighthearted video in which he juggles grocery bags and jumps on a pogo stick, Coach Scott Wolfe of Gray Stone Day School communicates a powerful message. Be patient, be kind, use your time wisely. "This is not a month-long snow day," he says. "Make yourself better today."

    Schools are helping meet basic needs. In Southeast Raleigh, PAVE Charter is serving as a food distribution site, providing breakfast and lunch to students from all over Wake County. Schools in Brunswick County and elsewhere are also providing meals for students in need.

    I am thankful for the ingenuity and generosity of our schools. And as a mother and grandmother myself, I applaud every parent, relative, friend or community member who is serving as the responsible adult in the life of a child. The simple truth is this: Children need support from responsible adults not just in moments of crisis, but all the time.

    Lindalyn Kakadelis is the executive director of the North Carolina Coalition for Charter Schools.

The totals below were collected from ARCGIS & GOOGLE
*Data includes both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
-- Totals Updated February 23rd, 2021 @ 3:32 pm --

Worldwide
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
111,824,687 14,381 2,476,668
United States
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
28,207,329 85,592 500,104
India
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
11,016,434 8,097 156,463
Brazil
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
10,195,160 48,241 247,143
Russia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
4,130,447 28,147 82,255
United Kingdom
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
4,126,150 62,108 120,757
France
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
3,588,972 53,506 84,185
Spain
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
3,153,971 66,963 67,636
Italy
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
2,818,863 46,791 95,992
Turkey
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
2,646,526 31,826 28,138
Germany
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
2,399,499 28,858 68,363
Colombia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
2,229,663 45,139 58,974
Argentina
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
2,069,751 46,057 51,359
Mexico
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
2,043,632 16,145 180,536
Poland
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
1,642,658 42,801 42,188
Iran
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
1,582,275 18,988 59,572
South Africa
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
1,504,588 25,599 49,150
Ukraine
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
1,354,545 32,344 26,531
Indonesia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
1,288,833 4,829 34,691
Peru
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
1,283,309 39,939 45,097
Czechia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
1,157,180 108,209 19,330
Netherlands
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
1,060,801 60,787 15,249
Canada
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
851,314 22,415 21,747
Chile
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
803,009 42,026 20,126
Portugal
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
798,074 77,659 16,023
Romania
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
781,329 40,264 19,894
Belgium
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
755,594 65,564 21,923
Israel
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
754,998 82,244 5,596
Iraq
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
671,801 17,169 13,295
Sweden
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
631,166 61,080 12,649
Pakistan
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
573,384 2,616 12,658
Philippines
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
563,456 5,194 12,094
Switzerland
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
550,224 64,080 9,907
Bangladesh
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
543,717 3,229 8,356
Morocco
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
481,263 13,422 8,559
Austria
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
446,644 50,170 8,397
Serbia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
439,596 63,126 4,351
Japan
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
425,725 3,380 7,541
Hungary
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
405,646 41,508 14,347
Saudi Arabia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
375,333 10,969 6,466
United Arab Emirates
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
372,530 37,666 1,140
Jordan
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
368,278 34,582 4,570
Lebanon
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
356,614 52,248 4,387
Panama
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
337,087 79,901 5,756
Slovakia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
292,792 53,661 6,577
Malaysia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
285,761 8,729 1,062
Belarus
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
279,456 29,687 1,921
Ecuador
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
274,968 15,751 15,547
Nepal
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
273,556 9,120 2,061
Georgia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
268,502 72,111 3,447
Kazakhstan
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
257,800 13,805 3,153
Bolivia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
243,176 21,201 11,470
Croatia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
240,017 58,882 5,449
Bulgaria
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
238,591 34,084 9,933
Dominican Republic
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
235,882 22,772 3,048
Azerbaijan
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
233,201 23,165 3,202
Tunisia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
228,937 19,530 7,811
Ireland
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
215,743 43,837 4,137
Denmark
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
208,027 35,727 2,343
Costa Rica
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
202,674 40,070 2,782
Lithuania
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
194,333 69,567 3,178
Slovenia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
185,014 88,352 3,784
Kuwait
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
184,989 41,852 1,049
Greece
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
180,672 16,847 6,321
Egypt
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
178,774 1,784 10,404
Moldova
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
177,407 66,154 3,799
Palestine
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
176,377 35,441 1,994
Guatemala
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
171,289 10,316 6,306
Armenia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
170,506 57,652 3,167
Honduras
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
165,737 18,097 4,024
Qatar
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
160,889 58,563 257
Ethiopia
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
153,541 1,556 2,293
Paraguay
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
152,658 21,343 3,080
Nigeria
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
152,616 740 1,862
Myanmar (Burma)
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
141,761 2,609 3,197
Oman
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
139,692 29,946 1,555
Venezuela
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
136,545 4,238 1,320
Libya
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
130,212 18,950 2,116
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
128,661 38,976 5,016
Bahrain
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
118,530 76,803 429
Algeria
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
112,094 2,607 2,964
Kenya
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
104,306 2,193 1,827
Albania
Confirmed Cases Cases per 1M People Deaths
101,285 35,589 1,681




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