BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The COVID-19 count continues to rise in the Palm Beach County School district amidst claims that the numbers are dramatically lower than reality due to slow contact tracing by the Florida Department of Health. We reported on this yesterday.
There is still no comment from Department of Health Spokesperson Alex Shaw.
Today, the Palm Beach County School District is reporting 52 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 28 logged as employees and 24 as students. Here’s the breakdown.
Employee Infections: Atlantic Community High, Banyan Creek Elementary, Binks Forest Elementary, Boca Raton Community Middle, Boynton Beach Community High, Carver Community Middle, Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary, Coral Sunset Elementary, Del Prado Elementary, Diamond View Elementary, Grassy Waters Elementary, H.L. Johnson Elementary, Jeaga Elementary, New Horizons Elementary, Palm Springs Community Middle, Panther Run Elementary, Polo Park Middle, Regional Office Central, S.D. Spady Elementary, Seminole Trails Elementary, Sunset Palms Elementary, Turning Points Academy (3 cases), Watson B. Duncan Middle, West Gate Elementary (2 cases), Whispering Pines Elementary (school district says employee, principal is only saying ‘community member’).
Student Infections: Binks Forest Elementary, Boca Raton Community Middle, Christa McAuliffe Middle, Citrus Cove Elementary, Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary, Diamond View Elementary (2 cases), Greenacres Elementary, Hagen Road Elementary, Jupiter Community High, Lake Worth Community High, Manatee Elementary, Meadow Park Elementary, Northboro Elementary, Palm Beach Central High, Palm Beach Gardens Community High, Panther Run Elementary, Rolling Green Elementary, Roosevelt Community Middle, Spanish River Community High, Tradewinds Middle, Watson B. Duncan Middle, West Boca Raton Community High, West Riviera Elementary.
Multiple sources tell BocaNewsNow.com that it is taking days, and at times as long as a week, for the Florida Department of Health to confirm positive COVID-19 tests and initiate contact tracing in school communities, resulting in significant delays in the school system reporting positive cases to the public.
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