One Hillsborough County high school reports 11 student COVID-19 cases in one week
Uncertainty around the safety of schools is leaving many parents to forgo kindergarten for their children, causing a learning gap.

Last week, the district reported 68 new cases, including 51 students and 17 staff members.

Hillsborough County’s Newsome High School has reported the most student cases in a single school across the county, now with 11 confirmed positive students, all in the last week.

Last week, news broke that Newsome and Durant high schools quarantined football players following a game against each other. That caused the district to postpone the upcoming games for the schools, since neither had enough players to participate; however, the school district has yet to release quarantine numbers publicly.

A spokesperson for Hillsborough County Schools said she was unable to release information, including if a student-athlete had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Hillsborough County School District is continuing to report a steady rise in coronavirus cases since it reopened brick and mortar schools on Aug. 31.

Last week, the district reported 68 new cases, including 51 students and 17 staff members. That was higher than the week prior, which reported 61 cases, and the week before — the first week of school — which only saw 44 cases.

This week, the district has so far only reported two cases, and has not reported any cases for Sunday. With these numbers, the Hillsborough County School district has reported 176 positive cases — 125 students and 51 employees — and the district has yet to report how many students and faculty have had to be quarantined. Neighboring Pasco and Pinellas counties to record quarantines. Pasco releases the total number of students and employees quarantined while Pinellas reports only classrooms affected.

Individuals in contact with a confirmed case on campus must be quarantined, required to stay home for 14 days.

Students and employees listed in the dashboard since reopening have each been on campus, except for four students listed on the Aug. 31 report who were not on campus, because it was the first day of school. The dashboard is updated automatically every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

In Pasco County, coronavirus numbers have been steady, with about four to six cases reported in a typical day.

Last week, the district reported 28 new cases. Since the start of the school year on Aug. 24, the district has reported 63 student cases and 26 staff cases, and has had to quarantine 1,475 students and 153 employees.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].

One comment

  • The real truth

    September 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

    The Hillsborough county dashboard is a joke. The numbers the county reports to the public is about a quarter of the real number. At one high school a football coach tested positive and was told not to say anything and continued to coach and teach. Players tested positive and not one player was quarantined. None of those cases were reported and not in the dashboards numbers still.
    Addison Trump the superincompetent is a lying, corrupt idiot. Before he cuts teachers maybe he should give back the band new drivers ed Durango he took from the county and cut his personal driver ( the county pays for). Ya that’s right he has a driver paid for by the county for a vehicle that students are supposed to be driving. What a joke the school system has become on his watch!!

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