2,238 new coronavirus cases reported in Massachusetts schools in the past week, 56 in Boston | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

A total of 2,238 staff and students in Massachusetts schools have tested positive for coronavirus in the past week, a slight dip from last week’s tally of 2,248 cases, the latest figures show.

The weekly report published on Thursdays by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education lists 1,901 students and 337 staff that tested positive for the coronavirus from Oct. 7 to Wednesday.

This week’s count represents a decrease of 10 cases from a tally of 2,248 cases the week prior. The decrease mirrors statewide coronavirus trends which have also been going down.

Coronavirus pool testing is being used in more than 2,200 public and private schools, about double last year’s count, according to DESE.

Boston Public Schools reported 48 student cases and 8 staff cases.

Districts with the most cases in the past week include 68 cases in New Bedford, 64 in Worcester, 58 in Springfield and 56 in Boston.

A total of 10,859 coronavirus cases have been reported in the weekly infection reports that started Sept. 16.

Massachusetts students and staff will have to continue to mask up in school until at least Nov. 1, unless 80% of people in the school are vaccinated, per a DESE mandate.

With no remote learning options allowed this year, all kids are back to school in person full time. Across all grade levels, an estimated 920,000 students and 140,000 staff are now participating in some form of in-person learning.

The report includes the number of positive COVID-19 cases as reported to DESE by school districts including charter schools and collaboratives.

The number of positive cases for students and staff includes those who are enrolled or employed by the district.

Students who are unvaccinated or are not yet eligible for vaccination are at a high risk of catching the coronavirus.

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