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Massachusetts schools see 900+ COVID-19 cases the past 7 days, Fall River, New Bedford have most staff cases in state, third overall



COVID-19 cases among Massachusetts schools decreased this week along with a decrease in some area communities.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, a total of 583 new COVID-19 cases were reported among K-12 students from January 28 to February 3. 325 were reported for staff making the overall total in Massachusetts schools for the past week at 908.

The last report, which was for January 21 to January 27, revealed that 969 tested positive. 624 of the positives were students and 345 were staff.

The report only includes positive cases of students and staff who have been in school for either in-person or hybrid learning. Remote learning cases are not counted.

Here are the statistics from some area cities and towns from January 28 to February 3.

Acushnet: 1 student and 1 staff
Attleboro: 4 student and 1 staff
Dartmouth: 5 students and 2 staff
Fairhaven: No cases
Fall River: 18 staff
New Bedford: 3 students and 15 staff
Plymouth: 6 students
Seekonk: 3 students
Somerset: No cases
Swansea: 1 student and 1 staff
Taunton: No cases
Westport: 2 students and 1 staff

Fall River had the third most overall cases in the state despite having no cases among students and being mainly in a remote learning posture. The city had the most staff cases in Massachusetts. New Bedford had the second most staff cases and tied for the third most overall cases with Fall River and a few other communities.

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