CDC: Florida Schools Should Extend Spring Break For Coronavirus

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Credit: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommended Thursday night that Florida schools extend Spring Break to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Florida has had several COVID-19 confirmed cases and exposures related to ports of entry, including shipping ports and airports. Additionally, Florida is a large tourism hub and has an older age population. However, at this time there is not widespread transmission,” the CDC noted in its guidance issued for the State of Florida.

“Due to the current level of COVID-19 transmission in the United States, and Florida’s large older adult population, CDC recommends certain community mitigation activities to help slow the spread of COVID-19 into the community and to protect vulnerable members of the community.”

The major interventions that the CDC recommended for Florida are canceling large gatherings of 250 or more people, including theme parks; and to extend Spring Breaks for schools.

All of the CDC’s recommendations for Florida can be found here.

Miami-Dade, Brevard, and Palm Beach counties announced on Friday that schools will close due to the coronavirus.

Broward County Public Schools, the Florida county with the most coronavirus cases, will remain open Superintendent Robert Runcie announced.