BOSTON (CBS) – There have been 674 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. That’s down 234 cases from the previous week, a drop of 25-percent.
Districts, collaboratives and special education schools reported 462 cases among students and 212 among staff members between February 4 and February 10.READ MORE: Two COVID Mass Vaccination Sites To Close This Week
Schools are not required to report positive cases to the state.
Since September 24th, when the weekly release of data started, 6,441 students and 4,458 staff have tested positive.READ MORE: Nurses' Strike At Saint Vincent Hospital Becomes 2nd-Longest In State History
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: Dorchester Church Joins National Father's Day Challenge, Calls For 'Summer Of Peace'
For the district breakdown on coronavirus cases, visit the DESE website.