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Coronavirus sends Allegany County students back to online school, report says

CUMBERLAND — All students in Maryland’s Allegany County Public Schools will return to remote learning Monday because of a shortage of staff available to teach in person as a result of a rising number of coronavirus cases in the area.

The school district announced the change Saturday, the Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday. The district said 101 staff members could not work during the week of Nov. 2 because they had either tested positive for COVID-19 or were quarantining after coming into contact with an infected person.

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The number of people unable to work in person had risen to 110 by Saturday, the district said.

COVID-19 cases have been increasing in the county since the beginning of October. The newspaper reported the county saw 129 new cases Friday, the most it has ever reported at one time.

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As of Sunday, the county had reported 1,051 cases and 26 deaths since the pandemic began, according to state figures. In Maryland, there have been 153,996 cases and 4,063 deaths.

The U.S. set another record for daily number of coronavirus cases Saturday. The country reported more than 126,000 positive cases and more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. It marked the fourth day in a row that new cases topped more than 100,000.

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