LDH reports COVID-19 outbreaks in K-12 schools

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana Department of Health is tracking the COVID-19 cases among students and staff from K-12 grades.

The following numbers are cases reported from Aug. 9-15:

PARISHFACULTY/STAFF/VOLUNTEERSTUDENTS
EAST BATON ROUGE17108
ASCENSION13129
WEST BATON ROUGE05
LIVINGSTON 018
IBERVILLE1-444

As of Aug. 18, a total of 350 staff and 2,094 students have tested positive for the virus.

LDH reports 60,267 children from the age of 5-17 are fully vaccinated, however only people ages 12 and above are eligible for the vaccine.

One mother says she is concerned with the numbers.

Crystal Gordon has a son in his senior year in high school. She says she’s concerned with him back in school despite the fourth coronavirus surge.

“If my son is going to school, we don’t know who he is coming in contact with so he can actually bring it home,” she said.

Others say they were expecting this number since covid is still present in the community.

“I trust the school board, the parish they are not going to put my children in harm’s way,” said Jessie Clinton, father.

The state plans to update the case count in schools every Wednesday.

The full list of school COVID outbreaks in the state is available here.

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