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COVID-19 cases decline in Palo Alto schools as omicron surge subsides

Original post made on Feb 17, 2022

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Palo Alto Unified School District continues to drop substantially as the omicron wave subsides, although infection rates are still above what was seen last semester.

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Posted by Allison
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 17, 2022 at 10:45 am

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Does any know if the PAUSD case number on the dashboard reflect children who tested positive at home and then are absent from school? Or, are the numbers only reflective of the positives from tests performed at the schools?

Posted by Chris C.
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 18, 2022 at 6:51 am

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I believe it is in between those two cases. Some parents notify the school why a child is out sick, and others do not. Also, I'm not sure if they count children who were never at school during their presumed infectious period (for example, if a child gets ill while out on break).

I regard the school dashboard as a useful indicator of trends, but not ground truth. In my opinion, the best indicators we have are: (a) the country sewage COVID dashboard; and (b) just observing that clusters of cases in schools tend to be small and not growing, which tells me measures to avoid in school spread are largely working well.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2022 at 8:18 am

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Let's return to normal life. Stop living in fear. More importantly, stop making our kids live in fear.

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