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State reporting 7 coronavirus outbreaks tied to schools, universities

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 August 12, 2020 12:10 PM August 12, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The state is tracking seven coronavirus outbreaks tied to primary and secondary schools as well as colleges. 

According to the Louisiana Department of Health's online coronavirus dashboard, there are four outbreaks linked to colleges and another three tied primary and secondary schools. Data shows that 151 cases are connected to those college outbreaks, and 17 cases are being attributed to outbreaks at primary and secondary schools. 

The data did not specify where those cases originated.

The state first began tracking groupings of virus cases at schools statewide starting this week. 

State officials said an outbreak is defined as two or more cases among unrelated individuals that have visited a site within a 14-day period. LDH began updating outbreak data weekly back in July.

School has resumed in many parishes across Louisiana within the past week. Though some systems are already holding in-person classes, others - like East Baton Rouge - are staying completely virtual for the first several weeks of the semester.

You can view the Department of Health's full outbreak data here.

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