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DANGEROUS: Palm Beach County Schools Surpass 2020 COVID Count

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BOCA RATON HIGH A HOT SPOT WITH 85 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES.

Boca Raton Community High School is a COVID hotspot, with 85 confirmed cases as of August 31, 2021. (Courtesy PBSD).

BY: COVID DESK | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School District is now well past the COVID count logged as school ended for the 2020 winter break, and is rapidly approaching the total case count logged for all of the 2020-2021 academic year.

The school system ended 2020 with 1,269 confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of Tuesday morning, August 31st — just 3 weeks into the school year — the case count is 3,218. At this rate, the Palm Beach County School District will hit last year’s total within a week or two. The 2020-2021 school year ended with 3,855.

The latest report shows that 2,750 students have tested positive for COVID-19 with 468 staffers. The number of students and employees believed to be under a ‘stay home’ directive — the school district’s equivalent of a mandatory quarantine — is 3800.

Among the notable COVID-19 infection counts: Boca Raton High School reports 77 students and 8 employees.

Calusa Elementary reports 36 students and 3 employees.

Jupiter High reports 79 students and 9 employees.

Olympic Heights High School reports 44 students and 3 employees.

Omni Middle — where an office employee died of COVID earlier this month and a teacher died from a still unreleased issue — 14 students and 4 employees.

Wellington High School reports 71 students and 2 employees.

Here is the complete list as provided by the Palm Beach County School District as of 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021. We note that this data is often a few days behind real time, as there is often a lag between school administrators being told of a case and the Florida Department of Health confirming the case.

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