AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Texas Department of State Health Services released updated numbers that show Amarillo ISD has the most reported COVID-19 cases in the state.
Of the districts on the spreadsheet with these numbers, Amarillo does have the most cases. However, it should be noted that it does not have reported numbers from schools in COVID hotspots, such as El Paso or Fort Worth.
During the reporting week of Oct. 19 to Oct. 25, DSHS reported the following cases at AISD:
New student cases in grades (EE-3): 18
New student cases in grades (4-6): 32
New student cases in grades (7-12): 64
New AISD staff cases: 76
Aaron Phillips, Amarillo Education Association President, attributed these numbers to community spread.
Phillips stated, “When you look at other factors in the community, the rate of community spread, and the other issues with coronavirus in the community, that’s when the numbers within the district start to become alarming.”
As for total cases, DSHS reported the following:
Total cases in grades (EE-3): 41
Total cases in grades (4-6): 80
Total cases in grades (7-12): 292
Total AISD staff cases: 250
Phillips continued, “The numbers themselves are alarming and paired with our community spread, it’s highly concerning and we need to be prepared for emergency measures.”
In response to these released numbers, AISD provided the following statement:
“The combined staff and student rate of COVID-19 in Amarillo ISD remains below 2%, even as cases in our community are surging. When comparing numbers to other school districts, it is important to remember Amarillo ISD is not only one of the larger school districts in the state, but we started school in-person much earlier than many of our other large peer districts in Texas. However, when we look beyond the sheer numbers and focus on the percentage, which is a more informative gauge, our in-person learner to student positive ratio is about 160 on the list, not number one.
To be transparent and forthcoming with our families, we keep track of and post COVID data daily to our campus websites. We are also working on ways to help ensure our students or staff have better access to testing in the near future.”
Click the following link to download and view the Texas public schools with reported COVID-19 cases:
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