Hawaii Department of Education reports COVID-19 case count tripled last week – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

Excluding cases where the infected individual was neither on campus this week nor whose case required any disinfection of HIDOE facilities, the DOE says there were 50 student cases — 35 at elementary schools and 15 at secondary schools — and 20 staff cases, which amounts to an average of 10 cases per day over the reporting week.

“The total case count is higher this week, but considering the size of our organization — more than 200,000 students and employees across the Department — and the level of transmission occurring in the broader community, I think it’s a testament to our schools’ safety protocols that we saw 70 confirmed cases over the past week that had an impact to a HIDOE campus,” interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi said. “Although ideally we’d want no cases, it’s important to commend our schools for working diligently to minimize exposure and prevent the spread of COVID by enforcing the core essential strategies, including promoting vaccinations for all who are eligible.”

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