COVID-19 outfall affecting students and staff is shuttering those schools until Jan. 24.

COURTESY PHOTO: TIGARD-TUALATIN SCHOOL DISTRICT - Students enter Tualatin High School in April 2021 after returning from comprehensive distance learning. The school is temporarily back to virtual learning due to surging COVID-19 cases in the region.A rising number of cases of COVID-19 driven by the highly contagious omicron variant are sending Tigard-Tualatin School District middle and high schools back into distance learning beginning Thursday, Jan. 13.

The affected schools are Tualatin High School, Tigard High School, Fowler Middle School, Hazelbrook Middle School and Twality Middle School.

Tigard-Tualatin previously announced Monday, Jan. 10, that Durham Elementary School would also go back to remote learning temporarily due to staff shortages and sick students.

Classes will return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 24.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 18,538 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 and 18 new deaths over the weekend. The state is seeing a high volume of tests, with 51,996 tests reported on Jan. 7, the third-highest single day count reported statewide during the pandemic.

Anyone seeking a COVID-19 test should avoid hospital emergency rooms. Instead, visit to find a testing site.

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise across Oregon, with 692 currently taking up beds, while 138 are in intensive care beds.

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