Carroll County Public Schools reported a decline in COVID-19 cases among students and staff for the second consecutive week.
The school system’s COVID dashboard, which updates weekly on Wednesdays, reported 635 positive cases this week, down from 946 in the seven-day period that ended Jan. 19. For the period the ended Jan. 12, the total number of positive cases was 1,313.
This week’s total includes 51 staffers and 584 students. A total of 171 people were in quarantine this week, which is the lowest number of reported quarantines this school year, according to the dashboard.
Quarantine data reflect the number of individuals required to quarantine because they are a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case. The quarantine data do not reflect individuals in quarantine because they are COVID positive.
In CCPS this week, Runnymede had the most positive COVID cases among elementary schools with 29, while Mechanicsville reported 25. Freedom, Carrolltowne, Westminster and Friendship Valley each had 20.
Mount Airy had the most positive COVID cases among middle schools with 36, while West reported 32. East had 25 cases and Oklahoma Road reported 19 cases.
Westminster High reported the most positive COVID cases among high schools with 30, while South Carroll had 27. Liberty had 25 cases and Century reported 20 cases.
Carroll school numbers align with other county and state metrics showing fewer COVID-19 infections. Carroll Hospital said Tuesday it is seeing fewer COVID-19 positive patients. However data from the Carroll County Health Department released the same day show that 15 county residents died as a result of the virus in the past week.