New school employee COVID cases were flat locally, with 120 reported last week, compared to 119 the previous week.
Statewide, new cases were up, both for students (8,524, up from 6,920 the previous week), and for school staff (1,289, up from 1,072), according to ODH.
School-by-school (see chart below)
The Xenia school district had the highest number of new student COVID cases locally for the second week in a row, with 62 reported to ODH, on the heels of 67 the previous week.
Kristy Creel, the district’s coordinator of communications, said the majority of cases reported in the district are occurring outside of school, but still have to be reported to the state.
“This continues to be a serious regional and statewide problem that is an issue for every district, and may be indicative of vaccine hesitancy,” Creel said. “We will continue to layer mitigation strategies, which include a mask requirement for K-12 students, and will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves.”
The three local school districts with the highest number of new COVID cases last week were all in Greene County — Xenia (62), Fairborn (55) and Beavercreek (54). Among Ohio’s 607 school districts, those three all ranked among the top 20 for most new student cases last week.
Individual private and charter schools have smaller enrollments than most school districts, so they will rarely have as many cases. Among those schools, DECA Prep (19), Dayton Christian (12), St. Albert Kettering (11), Middletown Christian (11) and Incarnation Centerville (10) reported the most new student COVID cases last week.
There continue to be questions of whether the Ohio Department of Health’s weekly data release correctly reflects the actual number of school COVID cases.
For example, ODH has listed the Tri-County North school district in Preble County with no new student COVID cases each of the past two weeks. ODH lists the district with a cumulative total of 13 student COVID cases this school year. But on Tri-County North’s own web site Thursday, the district lists 48 past (recovered) student cases for the year, plus 13 active student COVID cases.
Also, last Thursday, ODH listed Ohio’s cumulative number of student COVID cases this school year at 14,551. This week’s number of new student cases was listed as 8,524, which should put the new total at 23,075. But ODH reported the new total at 21,816 on Thursday.
The number of new and cumulative staff COVID cases also did not add up.
Schools are required to report their COVID cases to their local/county health department, which then reports to ODH.
By county, Greene, Miami and northern Warren County all saw the total number of new student COVID cases in their schools rise slightly from the previous week. Montgomery County schools were responsible for the area’s decline in new student cases, as their total decreased from 497 to 366.
In the previous week, five Montgomery County school districts had reported 45-65 new student cases each (Northmont, Kettering, Centerville, Miamisburg and Dayton). In the new data released Thursday, Centerville schools had the highest number of new student cases in the county, at only 41.
On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine and several children’s hospital officials urged all Ohio schools to adopt mask mandates to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and limit the number of students who would have to be quarantined out of school for 10 days.
The vast majority of Montgomery and Greene county schools currently have mask mandates. But masks are still “recommended but optional” in a majority of Miami County districts, as well as Brookville, Carlisle and some private schools.
New COVID cases, Sept. 6-12
|School or District||Student cases||Staff cases|
|Huber Heights ||21||4|
|Greene County Vocational||15||1|
|Miami Valley Career Tech||15||0|
|St Albert The Great||12||1|
|National Trail ||9||0|
|St Charles Borromeo||7||0|
|Horizon Science Academy||5||1|
|Cedar Cliff ||5||0|
|Spring Valley Academy||4||0|
|West Carrollton ||3||2|
|Upper Valley Career Center||3||1|
|Piqua Catholic Elementary||3||1|
|Troy Christian High School||3||0|
|Gem City Career Prep HS||3||0|
|Miami East ||2||2|
|Salem Christian Academy||2||1|
|Mad River ||2||1|
|Mother Brunner Catholic||2||0|
|Valley View ||1||4|
|Trotwood Prep & Fitness||1||0|
|Gloria Dei Montessori||1||0|
|Jefferson Township ||1||0|
|City Day Community School||1||0|
|Warren County Vocational||1||0|
|Legacy Christian Academy||0||1|
|Greene County ESC||0||1|
|Miami County ESC||0||1|
|Dayton Regional STEM School||0||1|
SOURCE: Ohio Department of Health