OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Seven cases of COVID positive in recent days have forced Omaha Public School to close Highland Elementary and teach all students through distance learning.
Douglas County Health Department officials, we are seeing more cases in our schools, and that schools are a reflection of the increase we see in our communities.
The Douglas County Department of Health monitors COVID activity in school districts throughout the county.
Figures released today from the Douglas County Department of Health, show 149 COVID cases reported over the past 14 days to all schools in the county, including 90 employee cases and 59 residential cases. the student. 174 staff and students in the county are under quarantine and 448 people are self-monitoring.
The state’s largest school district posted these numbers on their website for the week of October 23.
OPS found 46 newly diagnosed cases among employees with 51 active cases and 245 employees already quarantined. Among the students, 51 new cases with 55 active cases and 636 isolated students.
Justin Frederick of the Douglas County Department of Health says some of the differences in the numbers are due to the different ways between schools in the county and the health department is calculating cases.
“We are asking schools to report exposed incidents and incidents that occurred at school. I know that some school districts are also concerned that exposures occur outside of school, that way they can perform self-monitoring or quarantine if needed, ”Frederick said.
Frederick says we’re seeing an increase in cases in schools because we have an increase in cases in the community right now and he says these numbers don’t reflect what is going to be. occurs when an infected person returns from school.
“You’re absolutely right, we didn’t see the impact of one case and when they got home and they revealed their parents, siblings, who might be in another school playing sports,” Frederick said. other team or grandparents, etc.
Frederick says what’s happening in schools across the county is disturbing, especially as you complement what’s happening in our community.
“Our numbers are growing rapidly, the number of hospital admissions is increasing and when we see the number of hospital admissions going up the next thing will be more deaths in the community,” says Frederick. Frederick said.
Frederick said the health department works with schools every day, he says school districts across the county are doing a great job of reducing the virus.
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