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Over 2,200 new virus cases in Massachusetts schools this week, Fall River, New Bedford still near the top



COVID-19 cases among Massachusetts schools continue to remain high relative to previous numbers earlier in the year.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, a total of 1,918 new COVID-19 cases were reported among K-12 students from September 30th to October 6th. 330 were reported for staff making the overall total in Massachusetts schools for the past week at 2,248.

A total of 2,399 new COVID-19 cases were reported from September 23rd to September 29th with 345 reported for staff and 2,054 for students.

Back in March, student numbers were in the 400s with staff cases under 200.

Here are the statistics from some area cities and towns from September 30th to October 6th.

Acushnet: 5 student and 1 staff
Attleboro: 11 students and 3 staff
Dartmouth: 10 students and 1 staff
Fairhaven: 9 students and 1 staff
Fall River: 39 student and 7 staff
New Bedford: 52 students and 4 staff
Plymouth: 16 students and 3 staff
Seekonk: 5 students
Somerset: 2 students and 3 staff
Swansea: 11 students and 4 staff
Taunton: 27 students and 2 staff
Westport: 12 students and 1 staff

Most school districts saw a decrease while some districts, such as Somerset and Westport, saw increases.

For the second week in a row, Fall River had the 4th most cases in the state. New Bedford ranked 2nd. Boston, a much bigger city with a population of 675,000, saw 26 student cases and 11 staff cases. Worcester had the most cases at 107.

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