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Massachusetts schools see record number of student cases this past week

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COVID-19 among Massachusetts schools saw a record amount of student cases this week along with decreases and increases in some area communities.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, a total of 821 new COVID-19 cases were reported among K-12 students from April 1 to April 7. 157 were reported for staff making the overall total in Massachusetts schools for the past week at 978.

The last report, which was for March 25 to March 31, revealed that 1,045 tested positive. 801 of the positives were students and 244 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 April 1 to April 7.

Acushnet: 1 student
Attleboro: 9 students and 2 staff
Dartmouth: 6 students and 1 staff
Fairhaven: 1 student
Fall River: 9 student and 4 staff
New Bedford: 12 students and 6 staff
Plymouth: 16 students
Seekonk: 2 students
Somerset: 4 students
Swansea: 3 students and 1 staff
Taunton: 12 students and 1 staff
Westport: No cases

Fall River ranked tied for 15th in the state in new student cases and tied for 7th in new staff cases. New Bedford ranked 5th in overall new cases and 3rd in new staff cases. Plymouth ranked 5th in student cases.

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