State data: 163 students, staff in Mass. schools tested positive for virus during first week of October

State data: 163 students, staff in Mass. schools tested positive for virus during first week of October

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Education released data Thursday showing 163 students and staff participating in in-person learning tested positive for COVID-19 during the first week of October.

The latest data shows the novel coronavirus infected 106 students and 57 staff members from Oct. 1 through Oct. 7. The state data does not include cases that remote learners or workers might be experiencing, and only includes cases reported to DESE by school districts, charter schools and education collaboratives.

Haverhill Public School reported eight student cases, more than any other district in the state. Milton Public Schools reported the highest number of staff cases, with six positives reported for the week.

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Boston, the state’s largest school district, reported no cases. About 1,300 students deemed high-priority learners were in Boston’s school buildings during this time period, a small fraction of the overall student population.

A total of 97 people – 63 students and 34 staff members – tested positive for COVID-19 during the preceding week, the first week of school.

New weekly data is released each Thursday by DESE.

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