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Fewer schools in-person, but COVID cases still high

Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News |

Dayton-area school numbers showed 471 new cases reported last week tracking close to results from the weeks of Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Case numbers dipped for the Thanksgiving week itself, as schools were in session two days at most. Large school districts including Dayton, Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg and others moved to online classes just before or after Thanksgiving, which some had hoped would push numbers down.

As usual, there were some questions about data accuracy in the ODH dashboard.

Thursday’s state file shows virtually no new cases last week from schools in Warren County. But Dustin Ratliff, emergency response coordinator for the Warren County Health District, confirmed there was a reporting glitch and supplied the Dayton Daily News with the correct data.

Local school districts that reported the highest number of new COVID cases Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 were Springboro with 39 cases (27 students and 12 staff), Northmont with 25 (18 and 7), Beavercreek with 25 (14 and 11), and Lebanon with 22 (15 and 7). Springboro’s 27 new student cases last week were tied for the eighth-highest total for any district in the state. Their 12 new staff cases were also in Ohio’s top 20.

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