Coronavirus: Clark, Champaign County school districts report nearly 40 cases this week

Motorists are directed where to go for a free COVID-19 clinic in the Kenton Ridge High School parking lot on Oct. 16. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Motorists are directed where to go for a free COVID-19 clinic in the Kenton Ridge High School parking lot on Oct. 16. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Six Clark County and two Champaign County school districts reported new cases of COVID-19 this week, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 school district dashboard.

In total, 37 students and staff cases were reported between the two counties, nearly double the weekly case high of 29, which was set on Oct. 15.

Clark-Shawnee Local School District, Greenon Local School District, Northeastern Local School District, Springfield City School District, Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, Tecumseh Local School District, Mechanicsburg Exempted Village and Madison-Champaign ESC all reported new cases.

Clark-Shawnee reported three students cases; Greenon reported one student and two staff cases; Northeastern reported 13 students and six staff cases; Springfield reported two students and four staff cases; CTC reported one staff case; Mechanicsburg reported two students cases and Madison-Champaign ESC reported one staff case.

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Cases reported on the dashboard lag one week, meaning cases reported on Thursday were from the week of Oct. 19-26.

The dashboard is the result of an ODH order requiring schools to report cases to their health department within 24 hours of learning of them. Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled the dashboard on Sept. 17.

The dashboard tracks cases of COVID-19 in all public and private K-12 schools across the state. Data displayed on the board includes all student and staff cases broken into two categories: new and cumulative. The board is updated each Thursday.

On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine said a high school football team in the state had 13 players test positive for COVID-19. He used the team as an example of how the virus is spreading in communities. He did not say which high school had the outbreak.

“The spread mainly happened at informal gatherings, not regular team functions,” DeWine said. “I’m not saying there is no spread in workplaces, schools, bars, etc. What I am saying is that a big part of the spread, according to those dealing with it every day, is coming from informal gatherings.”

Clark County had 2,821 cases, 84 deaths and four probable deaths of the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, according to ODH. Champaign County had 459 cases, three deaths and one probable death.

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