Alabama K-12 schools see decline in new COVID-19 cases

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Abby Driggers

Alabama school systems saw fewer COVID-19 cases last week compared to the previous week.

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama State Department of Education reported 2,155 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama public schools last week, down from 3,071 reported on Jan. 15, according to the Alabama’s K-12 COVID-19 School Dashboard.

Lee County Schools continued to see the highest number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases among other east Alabama school systems. The school system reported 64 cases at its schools, up from its last reporting of 46 cases.

Auburn City Schools reported 17 cases, down from its previous report of 34 cases. The school system announced on its social media platforms Sunday that a total of 122 students, teachers and faculty are in quarantine due to the potential of close-contact exposure last week.

Opelika City School reported 19 cases, up from the last report of 14 cases, and Chambers County Schools reported 11 cases, up from its previous report of eight cases. Tallapoosa County reported 9 cases, down from its previous report of 34 cases, according to the dashboard.

Macon County Schools and Tallassee City Schools both reported less than five cases.

Phenix City Schools reported 24 cases, down from its previous report of 36 cases. Lanett City Schools reported less than five cases, identical to its previous report of less than five cases.

Russell County Schools reported 17 cases, according to the dashboard. The county school district previously reported no virus cases.

The ADPH dashboard does not differentiate between confirmed cases among teachers, students and staff at public K-12 school districts in Alabama, and no numbers are reported on students and staff in quarantine.

The K-12 COVID-19 dashboard is published each Friday. The dashboard was most recently updated on Jan. 22.