A week ago, we commented on numbers showing a continued decline in COVID-19 cases in Richland County school districts and buildings.
In numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health on that Thursday, December 2, it was reported that local districts had reported a total of 59 cases. Those cases included 44 students and 15 staff members. Those numbers, while high, represented the continuation of a period of apparent decline in virus among the County’s young people. They were reported from nine different locations.
On Thursday of this week, the numbers told a vastly different story – namely, over a four-fold increase in the space of seven days.
The number of locations reporting active COVID cases jumped to 15. There were a total of 206 students and 35 staff members infected, which brought the current local total to 251:
It is necessary to go back to September 9 to see comparable high numbers. In that report, 279 students and staff were included in the state numbers.