Madison School District sees sharp increase in COVID case numbers, quarantines | Local Education | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

Coronavirus cases and quarantines in the Madison School District jumped significantly over the past week, with 111 new cases recorded between Nov. 17 and Wednesday.

The district, with an enrollment of roughly 26,000 students, recorded 1,079 quarantines in the past 14 days. East High School recorded 95 quarantines while West had 80 and Memorial recorded 71. Allis Elementary School recorded 83 quarantines.

Allis and East also recorded 12 cases each in the last 14 days.

“The increase is reflective of what is happening in the Madison community,” district spokesperson Tim LeMonds said via email. He also said the district plans to offer more school-based vaccine clinics for students but was unable to provide details.

COVID cases across Dane County have increased 5% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations connected to the virus have increased 17% according to data collected by Public Health Madison and Dane County. The county remains classified as a high transmission area for the virus, despite more than 75% of residents having received at least one vaccine dose.

The infection rate among children in Dane County is at its highest point since the pandemic began, with about 54 cases per 100,000 children between the ages of 5 and 7 and 61 cases per 100,000 children between the ages of 8 and 11. Those are three times higher the rate for adults between the ages of 50 and 59, or 18 cases per 100,000.

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