What a difference a week can make!
The number of students and staff reported by Richland County schools as having new infections of COVID-19 fell dramatically over the last seven days, according to numbers released on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.
Last week, those figures showed a total of 60 students and 32 staff, for a grand total of 92. On the previous Thursday, that same total stood at 26.
The schools or districts reporting the largest number of infections last week were Madison Local, Lexington, and Plymouth-Shiloh.
This week, the total number of school cases is 24, including 17 students and 7 staff members. Schools reporting gave the following figures:
As always, we share the admonition that, according to the Ohio Department of Health, “A report of COVID-19 should not be interpreted as an indicator that a school district or school isn’t following proper procedures—school cases can be a reflection of the overall situation in the broader community. Families and staff should always feel free to ask questions of the school district or school.”