COVID cases in Delaware public schools go down

By Tim Mastro
Posted 10/21/21

DOVER — In-person contagious cases of COVID-19 decreased in Delaware public schools over a seven-day period compared to the week prior, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health’s weekly report released Wednesday.

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COVID cases in Delaware public schools go down

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DOVER — In-person contagious cases of COVID-19 decreased in Delaware public schools over a seven-day period compared to the week prior, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health’s weekly report released Wednesday.

The data, which has 408 cases for students and also shows 80 cases among staff, was tracked Oct. 9-15. It represents 0.29% of the estimated 141,040 public school students — down from 0.34% (488 cases) the previous week, which was the highest total so far this academic year.

The state has recorded a total of 2,080 in-person contagious cases among students this school year — 1.5% of all public school students. An additional 373 cases have been reported among staff.

Private school data is not yet available and will be released when those schools’ enrollment information is available later in the fall, according to DPH.

The data published on the state’s coronavirus website is for all of Delaware’s public schools, including 19 districts and 23 charter schools, which are part of the public school system.

Public school enrollment data is preliminary and will be finalized in early November, according to DPH.

DPH began tracking school data Sept. 4.

In-person contagious cases are defined by DPH as “persons who were present at school as far back as 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms (or test date if no symptoms). The source of infection of these cases cannot be attributed to schools, nor is it known that they are the source of infection to others in schools.”

The Red Clay Consolidated School District, which has the most students in the state with 16,422, also has the most in-person contagious cases among students so far this year with 210 — the only district above 200.

The Smyrna School District posted the most in-person contagious cases for the week of Oct. 9-15 with 44. That is 0.7% of its estimated 5,976 students,

The Sussex Technical School District and its estimated 1,295 students remained the only district that has not had an in-person contagious case in a student so far this school year.

The Colonial School District has recorded the most cases among staff this year with 41. It was the only district with more than 10 in-person contagious cases among staff for the week of Oct. 9-15, with 13.