February 1, 2023

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The Education Specialists

82 COVID-19 cases in Jacksonville public schools in 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.