These Massachusetts school districts continue to see an increase in COVID cases. Student infections are up almost 44%

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These Massachusetts school districts continue to see an increase in COVID cases. Student infections are up almost 44%

Coronavirus cases in Massachusetts public schools increased for the fifth week running, reflecting the rapid spread of the highly contagious Omicron subvariant as people gather for holidays and the Boston Marathon on Monday.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s latest report, nearly 44% more COVID-19 students were infected with the virus. Officials say that 4,000 students tested positive for the virus between April 7 and 13. This compares to 2,782 the week before.

The new report shows that coronavirus infections among staff members have increased by 39%. There were 1,363 cases of coronavirus among staff members in April 7013, up from 984 the week before.

According to DESE, there are currently approximately 920,000 students enrolled in school and 140,000 teachers working in public schools. The current rate of COVID cases is 0.43% for students and 0.97% for staff.

According to DESE’s report, this school year’s pooled COVID positivity rate stands at 3.88%. The rate dropped to 1.88% between April 4-and 10.

On Thursday’s report, thirty-three school districts reported that 20 to 29 students were positive for COVID. They are Narragansett (Northboro-Southboro), Dracut; Hopkinton; Melrose-Wakefield. Chelmsford. Haverhill Medfield. Methuen. Woburn. Gardner. Gardner. Lowell. Southborough. Bedford. Northborough. Groton-Dunstable. Easthampton. Revere. Hamilton-Wenham. Wachusett.

Thirteen school districts tested positive for COVID. They were: Westford and South Hadley, Walpole, Walpole, Amherst–Pelham Beverly.

Five school districts reported that 40 to 49 students were positive for COVID in five schools: Dedham and Holliston; Cambridge, Acton Boxborough, Acton-Boxborough, Worcester, Holliston, Cambridge, Acton Boxborough, and Worcester.

Four school districts reported that 50 to 59 students were positive for COVID. They were Waltham, Natick and Shrewsbury.

Lexington and Andover were two school districts that reported 60-69 students as having tested positive for COVID.

Five school districts had the highest COVID levels: Weston, Brookline, 86, Brookline, Wellesley, 90, Newton, Newton, and Boston.

The COVID numbers are slowly rising, but volumes remain well below the January peak of the omicron wave. DESE reported, among others, 41,063 cases in students between Jan. 6-12 and 7,351 among staff.

The Baker administration has announced new family-friendly HTMLVID-19 vaccination clinics in 10 Massachusetts municipalities. This is a plan to reduce vaccine disparities in those communities most affected by the pandemic.

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