11,986 new cases of coronavirus reported in Massachusetts schools last week

Coronavirus cases are down at Bay State schools, as a total of 11,986 staff and students tested positive last week.

The drop in infections in K-12 schools comes as overall COVID cases decline in Massachusetts amid the receding omicron variant.

The report released by the Department for Primary and Secondary Education on Thursday shows that 10,068 pupils and 1,918 staff have tested positive for coronavirus from January 27 to Wednesday.

The total of 11,986 employees and students who tested positive is a 45% drop from the 21,686 positive K-12 tests the previous week.

Many school districts have faced significant staffing shortages over the past month as thousands of educators have declared themselves sick with COVID.

Coronavirus pool tests are being used in more than 2,200 public and private schools, about double the number from last year, according to DESE. The school test positivity rate in this report was 5.30%, compared to 9.0% in the last report.

Districts with the most cases over the past week include: 418 cases in Boston; 374 in Worcester; and 335 in Springfield.

Boston Public Schools reported 321 student cases and 97 staff cases over the past week.

With no remote learning options allowed this year, all children are back in full-time in-person school. At all grade levels, approximately 920,000 students and 140,000 staff now participate in some form of in-person learning.

DESE’s weekly report includes the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported to DESE by school districts, including charter schools and collaborations.

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