Total of 106 students, 57 staffers test positive for COVID in Massachusetts schools over the last week, education officials report

Massachusetts school districts have reported 106 new coronavirus cases over the last week among students who are learning in-person or through hybrid instruction, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


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Additionally, DESE reports 57 new COVID-19 cases among district staff members. The new cases reflect reporting between Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 across school districts, charter schools, collaboratives and approved special education schools.

The data includes positive cases for students in hybrid or in-person learning models, excluding students in districts that are learning only remotely. Staff cases include employees who have been in a district building within the seven days before the report of the positive case.

Notably, there were eight new cases among students in Haverhill schools, five among students in Hudson schools and Burlington schools and four among students in Hingham schools. Every other district saw three or fewer new cases, with the vast majority reporting none.

There were six reported cases of the virus among staff members in Milton schools, with two COVID-positive students as well.

Tyngsborough schools report three staff members infected with virus, but no new cases among students.

The state has started releasing coronavirus cases among Massachusetts college students, which it does on Wednesdays, along with data on town-by-town cases of the virus and high-risk communities.

The latest data comes as the number of Massachusetts communities that are now considered “high risk” for COVID spread increased to 40 on Wednesday.

Communities in the high risk category have had more than eight new daily cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days. As of Oct. 7, they include: Acushnet, Amherst, Attleboro, Avon, Boston, Brockton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Dartmouth, Dracut, Dudley, Everett, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Hudson, Kingston, Lawrence, Leicester, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Marlborough, Methuen, Middleton, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Andover, Plymouth, Randolph, Revere, Southborough, Southbridge, Springfield, Sunderland, Waltham, Webster, Winthrop, Woburn and Worcester.

DESE releases updated data on Thursdays.

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