Over the last week, 1,698 students and 985 staff in schools across the state received positive COVID-19 test results the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4. That’s 38 more Texas students and 71 more staff testing positive during the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4 than from during the week of Sept. 21-27., according to the Texas Department of State Health Services School COVID-19 Case Counts report.
Cases in the Oct. 4 DSHS COVID-19 public schools report are defined as any staff member or student who participates in any on-campus activity that is test-confirmed COVID-19 of which a public school is notified. These do not include case counts from private schools. Case data if self-reported to DSHS by individual public schools.
Sixteen of the 2,683 new Texas schools cases were reported at Hopkins County schools, according to the DSHS School COVID-19 Case Counts report.
Cumulatively, there have been 99 people, 67 students and 32 staff members at Hopkins County school districts who have tested positive for COVID-19 since classes began for the fall semester. Of those cases the source of infection was reported to be on campus for 18 cases, off campus for 11 cases and unknown for the remaining 70 cases, according to the DSHS report
Overall, that’s 7 new student and 9 new staff COVID-19 cases reported by 3 local school districts over the last week. Como-Pickton, Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff ISDs reported no additional COVID1-9 cases on their campuses.
For the third consecutive week, Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Education Agency indicate that no COVID-19 reports have been received from Miller Grove ISD.
From Sept. 27-Oct. 4, Cumby reported 3 additional COVID-19 cases, increasing the overall total number of cases in students and staff to 13. over the last week, a Cumby High School student and two employees received positive COVID-19 rest results, including two individuals who were off campus when infected on one individual for whom the source of infection is unknown.
Overall, that’s 8 students in grades 7-12 and 5 Cumby ISD staff members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since school resumed for the fall semester. That’s three individuals whose source of infection was on campus, 4 whose source of infection was off campus and 6 for whom the source of infection is unknown.
North Hopkins ISD reported a 4 new cases during the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4, two students at the high school level, which serves grades 7-12 and 2 new staff cases. The source of infection for all 4 was unknown, according to the DSHS report. Cumulatively, that’s 6 students cases and 5 staff cases since school started this fall; the source of infection, off-campus, was known for only 1 of the 11 cases, according to the data reported to TEA and DSHS.
Sulphur Springs ISD had four additional students on campuses serving students in grades 7-12 and 5 additional staff members who who tested positive for COVID-19 for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4. The source of infection for all 9 cases was unknown, according to the data SSISD reported to the state.
Since school started on Sept. 1, SSISD has reported 42 COVID-19 cases, 24 student cases (4 in early childhood classes to 3rd grade, 2 in grades 4-6 and 18 in grades 7-12) and 18 staff cases. Of those, 1 person was known to have been infected off campus. The source of infection for the other 41 cases, was unknown as of the Oct. 4 report.