COVID-19 cases now confirmed among 75 students and staff at Pinellas County schools

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Another five cases were confirmed Friday.

Three students and two teachers were confirmed positive for COVID-19 Friday in Pinellas County Schools, according to the school district’s Monday report.

The positive tests resulted in two classroom quarantines and one partial classroom quarantine.

Two students tested positive at Westgate Elementary, prompting a partial classroom quarantine. With the new test results, five students have now tested positive at the school and four classrooms have been affected.

A student also tested positive at Oldsmar Elementary School, resulting in one classroom quarantine.

An employee tested positive at Garrison-Jones Elementary School, resulting in one classroom quarantine. A source with knowledge of cases at the school says two other cases are suspected and being investigated.

An employee tested positive at East Lake High School, but no quarantines were issued.

A total of 50 schools have now reported cases of COVID-19 among staff or students. The district has confirmed 45 cases among students and 30 among employees since school began Aug. 24. Those cases have resulted in at least 127 classroom or partial classroom quarantines. That doesn’t include bus quarantines, small groups of students quarantined outside of particular classrooms or sporting teams.

Another nine employees have tested positive at district facilities where students do not attend.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].


One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 21, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    What is the status of Duval schools? Cases are reported But not a mention of quarantine? Why? Is Duval waiting and ignoring til all schools have to close again? Disappointed with the Superintendent!

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