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New cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts schools continue to drop with 85 new cases reported among students and 18 new cases among staff members from June 3 to 9, according to education officials.

That case count among staffers is an increase of five compared to last week. The state had seen three consecutive weeks of record low case counts among staff members. Student case counts have been decreasing, but have not yet dropped below the low of 61 cases reported from Sept. 24 to 30.

With roughly 735,000 students and 140,000 staff members currently in public school buildings, the rate of coronavirus cases in schools stands at 0.01% among students and 0.01% among staffers, according to a weekly report from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The state tracks coronavirus cases detected among students and staffers who tested positive within seven days of being inside a school building and releases a report each Thursday.

Last week, DESE announced a previous low of 13 new cases among school staff members, along with 117 new cases among students.

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From May 31 to June 6, the state-funded pooled coronavirus testing program had a positivity rate of 0.21%, according to the report. During that time, 176 districts have participated in the program. There have been 11,830 pools processed with 25 positive results.

Overall, the testing program from Feb. 1 to June 6 has had a positivity rate of 0.63%, data indicates.

Boston and Worcester both reported six students positive with the coronavirus, according to the report. East Longmeadow and Springfield reported five each.

Boston reported four staff cases, Worcester reported three, and Haverhill and Belchertown reported two each, the report indicates.

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