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COVID cases in Carroll County Public Schools drop by 16%

Fewer Carroll County Public Schools students and staff attending in-person classes have COVID-19 this week compared with last.

The weekly CCPS dashboard, which is updated every Wednesday, showed there were 79 people attending in-person learning who have the coronavirus, which includes 77 students. That’s a 16% decrease compared with last week, when 94 CCPS students and staff members had the virus.

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The 79 total cases is the lowest number CCPS has reported since March 24 and two staff members with COVID-19 is easily the lowest number for that population in the 19 weeks the school system has been sharing data.

With only four cases, Linton Springs has the most COVID-19 cases at the elementary school level. East Middle School has five cases and Francis Scott Key High School has eight.

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The dashboard also showed 213 people in the school system have virus-like symptoms, including 197 students, a 15% decrease from the 250 people with symptoms last week.

Manchester Elementary School has 15 people with virus-like symptoms, the most on the elementary level. East Middle has 14 and Century High has 10.

Cases of COVID-19 have generally been in decline since reaching a post-holiday peak the first week of January. Students in CCPS resumed hybrid learning on Jan. 7. On Jan. 13, CCPS reported 113 people out with the virus, but that is the highest that number has been.

While last week represented a slight uptick in cases countywide with 153, it’s still a significant decrease overall. Carroll reported 146 cases the week of April 18, 191 the week of April 11 and 227 the week of April 4 after hitting a recent peak of 229 the week of March 28, still well below the record 500-plus cases seen the week of Jan. 3, which was followed be seven consecutive weeks of falling numbers.

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