82 COVID-19 cases in Jacksonville public schools in first week

Nyasia Mclean, 12, closes her eyes tightly as she is given her COVID-19 vaccine Saturday by Brianna Tuzo at Jacksonville's Wayman Temple AME Church. The church offered $25 gift cards for young people 12 to 25 years old to get the vaccination. With classes back in session, Duval County Public Schools reported 82 cases of the virus during the first week.

Eighty-two cases of COVID-19 among students and faculty were reported by Duval County Public Schools following the first week back in class. 

According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard — which documents cases that impact the campus, not all cases — 16 cases were among faculty and staff while 66 were students. 

In 24 hours, the number of cases jumped by 35. Some community members worry it may be a sign of things to come

Data shows the majority of cases — 74 percent — were reported at elementary schools, which also house the highest number of students who are too young to be vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are available to people 12 or older. 

Still, district-reported data shows that no one school houses more than three cases currently. Cedar Hills Elementary, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary, Lone Star Elementary, Pickett Elementary and Twin Lakes Elementary have each reported three cases.