Forest Grove schools' COVID-19 cases steady
Forest Grove School District has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated on Wednesdays and Fridays to reflect the active COID-19 cases in its schools.
The tool is more timely than the Oregon Department of Education's outbreak report, which updates on Wednesdays with data from the previous week.
The Forest Grove School District reported 22 active COVID-19 cases Friday from 16 students and 6 staff members, a slight uptick from Wednesday, when the district had 18 active cases between 10 students and eight staff.
Neil Armstrong Middle School reported the highest number of cases with seven students and three staff members, followed by Forest Grove High School with three students and two staff.
Cornelius, Echo Shaw and Tom McCall elementary schools, as well as the Forest Grove Community School, also reported cases in students. The district's food service staff also reported a case.
Through the first few weeks of school, a classroom at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School is the only classroom that has been forced to quarantine. When seven students and one teacher tested positive, the class switched to distance learning for 10 days before returning this week.
"Through the first month of in-person learning, the number of positive cases at any one time in the district seems to be holding fairly steady. We feel that our layered safety protocols are giving us our best chance of preventing significant spread of COVID-19 in our buildings and for us to keep our schools open this school year," Superintendent David Parker said. "We are encouraged by the diligence of our students in adhering to the protocols and hope we all will remain vigilant."
The district has over 6,000 students and over 700 staff members.
A student or staff member who tests positive or is presumed positive must isolate at home for at least 10 days since symptoms started and until fever-free for 24 hours.
A presumptive positive case is defined as an individual who has at least two COVID-19 symptoms, has not had a positive COVID-19 viral test and had close contact with a confirmed case in the past 14 days.
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