District puts virus data on­line

Los An­ge­les Times, United States of Amer­ica, 17 Oc­to­ber 2020, https://www.pressreade­r.com/ar­ti­cle/2818486460­83031

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The La­guna Beach Uni­fied School District rolled out an on­line COVID- 19 “dash­board” this week, a mea­sure in­tended to pro­vide trans­parency on the num­ber of con­firmed cases among staff and stu­dents at its schools.

El Morro El­e­men­tary and Top of the World El­e­men­tary, the district’s two el­e­men­tary schools, wel­comed stu­dents back on cam­pus as the district com­menced with its hy­brid learn­ing model on Oct. 5.

The district also has two sec­ondary schools — Thurston Mid­dle School and La­guna Beach High School — both of which con­tinue to con­duct dis­tance learn­ing.

The on­line dash­board shows the to­tal num­ber of stu­dents and staff at each school, the con­firmed pos­i­tive cases among stu­dents and staff over the pre­vi­ous two weeks, the per­cent­age of a school’s pop­u­la­tion that its cases make up dur­ing the same twoweek pe­riod and the cu­mu­la­tive to­tal cases at each school since Aug. 24.

Within the past two weeks, the school pop­u­la­tions of Top of the World El­e­men­tary and La­guna Beach High have each had one conf irmed pos­i­tive test. Vol­un­tary test­ing for COVID- 19, the dis­ease caused by the coro­n­avirus, has been of­fered by the district.

District of­fi­cials in­di­cated that in the event of a con­firmed pos­i­tive test, the district will work with the Orange County Health Care Agency to con­duct con­tact trac­ing for those who have been in close con­tact, within six feet of the in­fected in­di­vid­ual for 15 min­utes or more. Those con­sid­ered to be close con­tacts of a conf irmed pos­i­tive case will be given di­rec­tions for self- iso­la­tion.

If a stu­dent has tested pos­i­tive for COVID- 19 or is show­ing symp­toms, the district is ask­ing

par­ents to keep their child at home and con­tact their school’s nurse. Best prac­tices of hand­wash­ing, phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing and wear­ing a face cov­er­ing are also en­cour­aged.

The Orange County Health Care Agency re­ported 31 coro­n­avirus deaths and 153 new in­fec­tions in its lat­est num­bers re­leased on Thurs­day.

Among the re­ported deaths were those of 17 skilled nurs­ing fa­cil­ity res­i­dents and two as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity res­i­dents. The county’s death toll due to the virus rose to 1,391. The cu­mu­la­tive cases seen in the county is 56,436.

Cur­rently, there are 164 hos­pi­tal­ized be­cause of the virus, and 66 of those pa­tients are be­ing treated in in­ten­sive care units.

An ad­di­tional 6,623 tests for COVID- 19 were re­ported within the last day, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of tests ad­min­is­tered to 970,212. About 50,450 peo­ple in the county have re­cov­ered from the virus, the health­care agency es­ti­mated.

The county re­sides in the sec­ond, red tier, pos­sess­ing seven- day av­er­ages of 4.6 daily new cases per 100,000 res­i­dents and a test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rate of 3.5%. Those num­bers come with a sev­en­day lag.

Be­low are the coro­n­avirus case counts and deaths for select cities in Orange County:

▪ Santa Ana: 10,843 cases; 301 deaths.

▪ Ana­heim: 9,640 cases; 301 deaths.

▪ Hunt­ing­ton Beach: 2,493 cases; 81 deaths.

▪ Costa Mesa: 1,917 cases; 41 deaths.

▪ Irvine: 1,774 cases; 13 deaths.

▪ New­port Beach: 1,182 cases; 26 deaths.

▪ Foun­tain Val­ley: 533 cases; 19 deaths.

▪ La­guna Beach: 236 cases; fewer than five deaths.

Up­dated f ig­ures are posted daily at oc­covid19.ochealth­info.com/coro­n­avirus-in-oc. For in­for­ma­tion on get­ting tested, visit oc­covid19.ochealth­info.com/covid-19-test­ing.

Roger Wil­son

A STU­DENT ar­rives for in- per­son learn­ing at Top of the World El­e­men­tary School as part of the La­guna Beach Uni­fied School District’s hy­brid model.

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