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COVID-19 in schools: Numbers reported lower in most schools

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 20, 2021

A Seattle public school student receives a chickenpox (also known as varicella) vaccine at a free immunization clinic Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Seattle. The school district provided the vaccination clinic ahead of the "exclusion date" of Jan. 8, 2020, when student records must reflect updated immunization status or students cannot attend school. Students will be excluded from school until they are fully vaccinated, are in the process of completing immunizations or have a Certificate of Exemption. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ORG XMIT: OTK  (Elaine Thompson)
A Seattle public school student receives a chickenpox (also known as varicella) vaccine at a free immunization clinic Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Seattle. The school district provided the vaccination clinic ahead of the "exclusion date" of Jan. 8, 2020, when student records must reflect updated immunization status or students cannot attend school. Students will be excluded from school until they are fully vaccinated, are in the process of completing immunizations or have a Certificate of Exemption. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ORG XMIT: OTK (Elaine Thompson)

Most local school districts reported lower COVID-19 infection numbers this week.

The two largest districts, Spokane and Central Valley, also saw the biggest improvements.

On Friday, Spokane Public Schools reported in its one-week snapshot that 90 people have tested positive and 289 are quarantined after close contact with an infected individual.

That’s down from 98 and 503, respectively.

Hot spots included Jefferson Elementary School and Rogers High School, with 23 and 16 people quarantined, respectively.

Central Valley reported 30 positive cases in the past two weeks, down sharply from the 89 from a week ago.

Coeur d’Alene also showed another decline, with only 77 students and staff reported “out of building” with a positive test or close contact.

Post Falls also reported its lowest metrics of the year: three positive cases in the past two weeks. The district has reported 244 cases since the school year began.

Mead showed a slight increase in positive cases, to 71 in the previous 10 days. That’s up from 59 a week ago.

West Valley reported 33 positive cases in the past two weeks, while Cheney has 27.

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