Mass. reports 201 new COVID-19 cases among students, 85 among school staff at districts across the state

The weekly update from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education only reflects coronavirus cases reported to the state by public school districts.

Chairs are stacked against a blackboard for temporary storage while classrooms under go social distancing spacing at the McCormack Middle School in Dorchester. Students are beginning the school year remotely during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Chairs are stacked against a blackboard for temporary storage while classrooms under go social distancing spacing at the McCormack Middle School in Dorchester. Students are beginning the school year remotely during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. –David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Massachusetts officials are reporting 201 new positive coronavirus cases among students and 85 new cases among staff at public school districts across the Bay state.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its weekly report Thursday on COVID-19 in schools, which only reflects confirmed coronavirus cases reported by districts to state officials between Oct. 22 and Oct. 28. Being the fifth week the state has released the data, the new report brings the combined total of cases among students to 589 and for staff to 318.

The data reflects cases reported at charter schools, collaboratives, and approved special education schools, though it excludes any COVID-19 diagnoses for students learning in fully remote models. The numbers also exclude any diagnoses for “staff that have not been in district buildings during the seven days prior to the report of the positive case.”

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According to the state, the districts reporting more than a handful of cases include Abington (5 among students), Agawam (5 among students and 2 among staff), Beverly (8 among students), Braintree (7 among students), Haverhill (6 among students and 3 among staff), Holliston (5 among students), New Bedford (5 among students and 4 among staff), and Rockland (7 among students).

View the full reports from the state here.


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