As the record-breaking Omicron-fueled COVID surge continues, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Janet Woodcock, told lawmakers “most people” will get COVID-19. Woodcock said the focus should be on making sure hospitals and other essential services can still function. U.S. daily cases are now averaging over 760,000, with record hospitalizations.
Here in New York City, students staged walkouts Tuesday to protest COVID protocols and learning conditions. The protest included hundreds of students from New York’s largest high school, Brooklyn Tech. Meanwhile, in Oakland, California, students have petitioned the school district to go to remote learning and implement better safety protocols, threatening to boycott in-person classes.
In Chicago, organizers are calling on federal investigators to look into Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s use of pandemic relief funds, accusing her of using the money to pay down city debt instead of helping those in need, including Chicago’s public schools.