- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health published data on COVID-19 cases between August 15 and September 13
- A total of 7,995 students out of 1.5 million, or 0.5%, and 1,193 out of 157,000 employees, or 0.7%, have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Of the more than 30,000 close contacts of COVID-19 patients, only 63 contracted the virus, which is equivalent to 0.2%.
- LADPH director Barbara Ferrer said at a news conference that the data is evidence that there is low Covid transmission in schools and few outbreaks
Outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools are not common with some students and teachers testing positive – and a small number of close contacts contracting the virus.
new statistics A study published last week by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) showed cases of COVID-19 since the reopening of classes in mid-August.
Researchers found that less than 0.1 percent of every student and staff member tested positive for the virus over the course of a month.
What’s more, only 0.2 percent of the people who came in contact with a COVID patient later tested positive themselves.
The findings suggest that outbreaks in schools are not frequent and that Los Angles County has been able to completely safely reopen its schools.
The new data shows a total of 7,995 students out of 1.5 million, or 0.5%, and 1,193 employees out of 157,000, or 0.7%, have tested positive for COVID-19.
Of the more than 30,000 close contacts of COVID-19 patients, only 63 contracted the virus, which is equivalent to 0.2%. Pictured: Students go to their classes at a middle school in El Sereno, East Los Angeles, September 10
The LA County report looked at COVID-19 cases among students and staff members in grades K-12.
Between August 15 and September 13, 7,995 students and 1,193 staff tested positive for COVID-19.
With more than 1.5 million students and 175,000 employees in county schools, that means 0.5 percent of children and 0.7 percent of workers have contracted the virus since schools reopened.
“This is slightly higher than the 0.4 percent rate of infection we’ve experienced across the county,” LADPH director Barbara Ferrer said at a press briefing. Los Angeles Times.
‘And, given the large-scale testing of asymptomatic individuals in schools, this very low rate of infection confirms the protection that is provided to students and staff on their campuses.’
Health officials say COVID-19 protocols followed by schools may be the reason for the low numbers, which include indoor masking and universal testing by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
While it is noteworthy that a smaller percentage of students test positive than teachers, it is unknown how many of these students were vaccinated and how many teachers have received their shots.
Currently, only students 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, with children between the ages of five and 11 expected to be eligible for Halloween.
The county notes that, as of September 16, the case rate for the five-to-11 age group is 141 new cases per 100,000 and 132 per 100,000 for 12-to-17-year-olds. There are new cases.
Additionally, over the past three weeks, COVID-19 cases have declined by nearly 40 percent across all child age groups — equivalent to a declining test positivity rate, Ferrer said at the briefing.
Over the past three weeks, COVID-19 cases have declined by about 40% across all child age groups, which is comparable to the declining test positivity rate, which stands at around 1%.
LADPH director Barbara Ferrer said in a press conference that the data is evidence that there is low Covid transmission in schools and few outbreaks as cases continue to fall in LA (above).
According to the Times, Ferrer said, ‘This is promising, because it is happening as students are going back to school.
‘So we are hopeful, with a continued focus on school-based strategies that reduce risk of exposure, we will continue to see these low case rates across all age groups.’
Additionally, a very small percentage of children have tested positive after coming into contact with infected persons.
According to LADPH, more than 30,000 students and staff were forced to quarantine for seven days after they came in contact with a patient.
However, only 63 of them tested positive themselves, which is equivalent to 0.2 per cent.
Because of this, LADPH said that unaffiliated students after coming in contact with a COVID-positive person will no longer be sent home for quarantine.
The Times reported that the new policy allows non-vaccinated close contacts to attend in-person classes, as long as they test negative twice in a seven-day period.
However, they will not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities including sports.
“We feel comfortable that, with relatively low transmission in schools, it is appropriate to offer schools a modified quarantine option for K-12 students exposed to COVID in schools,” Ferrer said at the briefing.