Official: Virus affecting mental health of students, staff

January 30, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara says isolation and stress produced by the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on the mental health of students and staff.

Jara said Friday in his annual State of the Schools address that student suicides reached a “nearly unthinkable” level of 20 since schools were closed in March, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Jara cited steps taken by the district to address mental health, including having the district police department conduct home wellness checks and using software that alerts schools to self-harm language in students’ posts and searches.

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Nevada on Saturday reported 1,070 additional known COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths, increasing the state’s pandemic totals to 277,349 cases and 4,264 deaths.

The state’s seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths both dropped over the past two weeks, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and The COVID-Tracking Project.

The rolling average of daily new cases dropped from 2,0555.6 per day on Jan. 15 to 1,152.4 on Friday while the rolling average of daily deaths dropped from 43.4 to 37.1 during the same period.