103 COVID-19 instances reported at 44 Shasta County faculties

103 COVID-19 cases reported at 44 Shasta County schools

As of Thursday, the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Shasta County’s elementary through high schools has more than doubled to 103 cases from 43 on Oct. 6, a Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency official said. 

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The Shasta County Office of Education’s Professional Development Center on Innsbruck Drive in Redding.

As health officials report an increase in the total of COVID cases identified across the county — a total of 1,999 cases and 102 active cases — the number of cases identified in schools was expected to rise, Health and Human Services Agency spokesman Kerri Schuette said. A total of 44 schools have reported cases throughout the county.

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Although the number of reported cases in schools has risen since early October, the virus is not spreading on school campuses, Schuette added. Instead, cases are being identified in students who are attending school.

“Schools are still doing an excellent job of quickly identifying positive cases, notifying close contacts and ensuring that COVID is not spreading on their campuses,” she said. “Students are not spreading the disease in school so far and that’s largely because of the excellent and fast work the schools are doing.”

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Nada Atieh is a Report For America corps member and education reporter focusing on childhood trauma and the achievement gap for the Redding Record Searchlight. Follow her on Twitter at  @nadatieh_RS. Help local journalism thrive by subscribing today!

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