After one week of school, there were 207 positive cases of COVID-19 among students and 20 among staff members, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools reported Monday in its first weekly COVID-19 report.
The report reflects the number of positive cases from Aug. 23, the first day of school to Friday, with data provided by the school district’s contact tracing teams and families that self-report. It does not include students in the Virtual Academy, which has an enrollment of about 1,000 students.
The weekly report does not include the number of students or staff members in quarantine.
Among students, the highest number of cases were in high schools. East Forsyth High School reported 17 cases. North Forsyth High School had 15 cases. Reynolds High School and Mount Tabor High School each had nine, and Reagan High School had eight.
East Forsyth Middle School had the highest number of cases among middle schools with nine cases.
The number of cases in high schools could be attributed to athletics, which is considered a high-risk activity for the spread of COVID-19. The school board voted last week to develop a mandatory testing program for students in such high-risk activities, which also include performing arts.
The school district has about 53,000 students and 7,400 staff members. It started the year with a universal masking mandate.
Several area school districts that started the year with optional masking have moved to mandatory masking, including school districts in Davidson, Davie and Yadkin counties. The Wilkes County Schools Board of Education will meet in an emergency meeting today to discuss its masking policy.
Stokes County Schools remain mask-optional.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people in K-12 schools mask indoors.