BOSTON (CBS) – There have been 431 new COVID-19 cases among students and staff in Massachusetts schools in the last week, according to the latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Districts reported 178 cases among students and 253 among staff members in schools between December 24 and January 6, which includes time for the annual holiday break.READ MORE: Lowell COVID Vaccine Clinic Shifts To Pfizer Doses After Johnson & Johnson Pause
Schools are not required to report positive cases to the state.
Since September 24th, when the weekly release of data started, 3,708 students and 2,772 staff have tested positive.READ MORE: Massachusetts 'Eagerly Awaiting' Further Guidance On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
The weekly report released every Thursday shows the number of positive cases for students who are in hybrid or in-person models. It does not include students in remote-only programs.
Overall, the state estimates there are about 450,000 students and 75,000 staff in Massachusetts public schools.MORE NEWS: Bernie Madoff, Man Behind Largest Ponzi Scheme In History, Dies In Prison At 82
For the district breakdown on coronavirus cases, visit the DESE website.