Mass. schools report 398 new student COVID-19 cases, 254 among staff

BOSTON — A total of 398 new COVID-19 cases were logged among K-12 students engaged in in-person or hybrid learning from Nov. 12-18, more than double the 191 recorded the previous week, new Department of Elementary and Secondary Education data show.

School districts, education collaboratives and special education schools reported a total of 652 new cases to the department last week, including the 398 student cases and 254 staff cases.

Wakefield had the most student cases, with 15, and 142 of 400 districts reported at least one new student case. The most staff cases -- 11 -- were recorded in Lynn.

The state is set to roll out the first phase of a new rapid testing program for over 100 school districts in early December to screen students and staff with COVID-like symptoms and get results within 15 minutes.

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