COVID-19 Cases in Schools May 19, 2021

The number of new COVID-19 cases in public schools dropped again but 377 staff and 30 students tested positive in the week prior. The school year will be ending in the coming weeks for many districts with students and staff transitioning into summer programs. Masks continue to be required for students and staff while inside school buildings. The COVID-19 vaccine is also now available for children ages 12 and up.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a comprehensive interactive dashboard with community level data on testing, hospitalizations and COVID-19 Variants. You can visit the dashboard here.

  • Reported positive cases for students: Number of reported positive cases for students who are learning in hybrid or in-person learning models and have been in a district school within the seven days prior to the report of the positive case (excludes students learning in fully remote models).
  • Reported positive cases for staff: Number of reported positive cases for district staff members who have been in a district building within the seven days prior to the report of the positive case (excludes staff that have not been in district buildings during the seven days prior to the report of the positive case).

The weekly reports are available here.

Additional self-reported data on positive COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts public schools can be viewed and reported in the Stop the Spread tool.

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