Covid Positive Rate Dropping Among Students and Staff

With most schools open for in-person learning, Public Health officials this week reported that Covid-19 positivity rates dropped among students and staff.

For the week of January 9 -15, there were 1,032 K-12 schools reporting positive cases, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Of the 595,000 tests administered to students and staff, 11% were positive, down from 15% the prior week.

Although an estimated 65,000 students and staff tested positive last week, only three new outbreaks (2 elementary schools and 1 in high school) were identified, said Public Health officials.

In local schools, there were 568 confirmed Covid-19 cases in January. According to the Covid-19 Dashboard of the Culver City Unified School District, 602 students and 56 staffers tested positive in the past 14 days.

This week, the District cancelled classes, citing the rise of positive cases and rapid spread of the omicron variant. District officials said that they will continue testing the students and staff on a weekly basis and following the Public Health Department’s Covid-19 mitigating measures and safety guidelines.

To help ensure safety at schools throughout the county, Public Heath said over 140 vaccine clinics are scheduled this week and nearly 500 school-based vaccine clinics are scheduled in February. School vaccine clinics offer pediatric doses for those 5-11 years of age, as well as boosters for eligible students 12 years of age and older.

“Keeping our schools available for in-person learning during this Omicron fueled surge is not easy and I commend our school communities for all the work they are doing to keep children and staff safe,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MEd, Director of Public Health. “This is particularly challenging in our elementary schools where, on average, three-quarters of students are not fully vaccinated, making it critically important to use infection control practices to limit spread of a highly infectious variant.”

The Public Health Department has reported the following Covid-19 totals for Culver City and LA County:

Cases in Culver City – 6006 as of 1/19

Deaths in Culver City – 120 as of 1/20

Cases in LA County – 31,018 reported on 1/19 (2,343,821 cases to date)

Deaths in LA County – 59 reported on 1/12 (28,181 deaths to date)

There are 4,799 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 10,725,900 individuals, with 20% of people testing positive. Yesterday’s positivity rate is 16.9%.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The Culver City Unified School District is committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on our campuses, while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for our students and staff. The data on the chart below represents the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among District students and staff on our campuses. This data will be updated regularly. In the event of a positive case, all "close contacts" as determined by LADPH guidelines are notified directly.

Site Active confirmed cases* Total cases since August 2020**

Staff Students Non-Employee Staff Students Non-Employee

OCD (CEE) 3 4 0 9 10 1

El Marino 8 71 0 12 91 0

El Rincon 3 39 0 11 58 1

Farragut 0 54 0 6 67 0

La Ballona 2 39 0 7 59 0

Linwood Howe 6 40 0 10 63 0

CCMS 12 152 0 17 191 0

CCHS*** 18 203 0 35 247 0

Culver Park 0 0 0 1 0 0

District Office 2 n/a 0 9 n/a 1

Adult School 2 0 0 4 0 0

MOT 0 n/a 0 4 n/a 0

Total 56 602 0 125 786 3

*Reported within the last 14 days.

**Includes "active" case numbers.

***Includes Security office

Dashboard data last updated: January 20, 2022


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