Delaware school COVID cases stay below 1%

By Tim Mastro
Posted 10/13/21

DOVER — Delaware’s public schools posted their highest weekly total of in-person contagious COVID-19 cases among students so far this school year. But it still made up less than 1% of the …

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Delaware school COVID cases stay below 1%

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DOVER — Delaware’s public schools posted their highest weekly total of in-person contagious COVID-19 cases among students so far this school year. But it still made up less than 1% of the estimated statewide public school population.

There were 483 in-person contagious cases among public school students and an additional 78 cases among staff, tracked from Oct. 2-8, according to information released by the Delaware Division of Public Health on Wednesday. It represents 0.34% of the estimated 141,040 students in public schools this year.

The state has recorded a total of 1,672 in-person contagious cases among students so far this school year with 293 more 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.

DPH began tracking school data on 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.”

Sussex Technical School District, which has an estimated 1,295 students, remained the only district to not record an in-person contagious case in a student so far this school year.

Red Clay Consolidated School District, which has the most students in the state, has the most in-person contagious cases among students so far this year with 168. It recorded the most for the week of Oct. 2-8 with 61 — 0.37% of its estimated 16,422 students.

Indian River School District is next with 157 total cases for the year. It also posted the second most for the most recent week of available data with 57 — .53% of its estimated 10,578 students.

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

DPH said school enrollment data will be finalized in late October or early November.