FLORIDA: Palm Beach County School District Likely To Hit 1000 COVID Case Mark After Two Weeks Of School.
Schools In Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach Hit Hard. Elementary School Cases Rising.
More Than 1500 Students Quarantined, At Home.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — As the Palm Beach County voted to make masks mandatory for students — with no ability to opt-out — starting Monday, the school district’s own COVID tracker jumped.
There are now 886 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the school district. 774 are attributed to students. The remaining 112 are COVID-positive employees.
The school year is only nine calendar days old. At the current rate, the Palm Beach County School District will reach the 1000 case mark early next week.
Among the area schools with notable case counts early Thursday morning, August 19th:
Addison Mizner Elementary: 6 students and 1 employee.
Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts: 6 students.
Banyan Creek Elementary: 7 students.
Blinks Forest Elementary: 13 students.
Boca Raton Community High School: 16 students.
Boca Raton Community Middle: 6 students.
Boca Raton Elementary 2 students:
Calusa Elementary: 17 students and 1 employee.
Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary: 14 students and 3 employees.
Congress Middle: 3 students and 1 employee.
Coral Reef Elementary: 8 students and 1 employee.
Discovery Key Elementary: 7 students and 2 employees.
Don Estridge High Tech Middle: 8 students.
Eagles Landing Middle School 4 students and 1 employee.
Jupiter Community High: 35 student cases.
Limestone Creek Elementary: 14 students, 1 employee.
Loggers’ Run Community Middle: 8 students, 3 employees.
Morikami Park Elementary: 10 students, 1 employee.
Olympic Heights Community High: 13 students, 3 employees.
Palm Beach Central High: 14 students, 1 employee.
Panther Run Elementary: 11 students.
Park Vista Community High: 11 students.
Polo Park Middle: 7 students.
Spanish River Community High: 2 students.
Sunrise Park Elementary: 7 students.
Sunset Palms Elementary: 22 students, 1 employee.
Wellington Community High: 23 students.
West Boca Raton Community High: 6 students, 1 employee.
Whispering Pines Elementary: 2 students.
Woodlands Middle: 17 students, 3 employees.
The Palm Beach County School District says that the official COVID tracker is often 3 days behind reality. That’s the amount of time it takes for health officials to confirm cases and initiate contact tracing. The disclosure suggests that real numbers are likely higher, and in some cases much higher, than the official numbers above.
More than 1000 students are believed to be quarantined now at home. Those students may have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. With no “distance learning” or live streaming option, due to orders by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, those students are limited to downloading assignments and working independently without teacher interaction.
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