Fresno School Claims It Has ‘Herd Immunity’ From COVID-19

A Fresno private school is making an unusual claim in its bid to keep classes open this fall.

Immanuel Schools, a K-12 Christian school, has filed a lawsuit against California Gov. Gavin Newsom, claiming its student body has achieved “herd immunity” and is therefore safe from COVID-19.

According to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, herd immunity “occurs when a high percentage of the community is immune to a disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness), making the spread of this disease from person to person unlikely.” Immanuel Schools says blood samples taken from 198 students, teachers, and parents from the school show at least 59% have already been exposed to the virus.

Experts aren’t certain whether herd immunity is even possible for COVID-19 or what percentage of a population would need to contract the virus in order for it to be achieved.

The Fresno County Department of Public Health has not been persuaded either. It has ordered Immanuel Schools to cease in-person learning immediately. A Fresno County Superior Court judge denied the county’s request for a temporary injunction last week pending a hearing on September 15. 


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