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How The Delta Variant Could Complicate Idaho's Return To Classrooms This Fall

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Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Riverview, Fla. Students are required to wear the masks in class unless their parents opt out. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Idaho’s latest coronavirus surge is continuing and the spike in new cases corresponds with the emergence of the delta variant. It comes just as K-12 schools, colleges and universities are set to open — some as soon as Monday August 16.

Kevin Richert with Idaho Education News has been following the numbers and he’s joining us today to talk more.

Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.