State training officers on Thursday reported a complete of greater than 8,000 employees and college students testing constructive for COVID-19 previously two weeks.
The weekly common of 4,324 employees and college students is down from the earlier weekly report of 5,363 infections, however the pool positivity charge did go up. COVID-19 instances have been climbing within the state because the omicron BA.2 variant spreads.
The report printed on Thursday by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reveals that 6,309 college students and a pair of,339 employees examined constructive for coronavirus from April 14 to Wednesday. The report is for 2 weeks as a result of final week was faculty trip.
Coronavirus pool testing is being utilized in greater than 2,200 private and non-private faculties, about double final yr’s depend, in line with DESE. The take a look at positivity charge at school on this report was 2.0%, up from 1.88% within the final report.
Districts with essentially the most instances previously week embody: 361 instances in Boston; 232 in Newton; 174 in Lexington; 163 in Brookline; and 160 in Worcester.
Boston Public Schools reported 300 scholar instances and 61 employees instances previously week.
The Ok-12 faculties masks mandate was lifted on the finish of February, as most districts made it non-compulsory to put on masks. Boston Public Schools continues to require masks for now.
With no distant studying choices allowed this yr, all youngsters are again to high school in-person full time. Across all grade ranges, an estimated 920,000 college students and 140,000 employees at the moment are taking part in some type of in-person studying.
The DESE weekly report contains the variety of constructive COVID-19 instances as reported to DESE by faculty districts together with constitution faculties and collaboratives.