Alachua County Department of Health has confirmed that the first case of secondary transmission of COVID-19 between students has occurred at Newberry High School.
Alachua DOH Administrator Paul Myers said, "We have some evidence of limited secondary transmission at NHS.
"Our protocols are working as some of the positive results were in people already quarantined. We’ll continue to monitor, test those who present with COVID-19 like symptoms, isolate positive individuals and quarantine and offer testing to those contacts to positive cases."
Last week 140 students and staff from NHS were quarantined and 14 cases were reported.
As of today at 4 p.m. on Oct. 5th, the COVID-19 dashboard for schools in Alachua County reports that Newberry High has 22 active cases with 20 of those being students and two staff members. The other five high schools in Alachua County have minimal active cases. Buchholz High reports one student, Eastside High reports zero, Gainesville High has one student and one staff, and Santa Fe High has one student.
There are five elementary schools in the county with active cases. Glen Springs has one student, Hidden Oak has one staff case, Irby Elementary has one student, Parker Elementary has one student, and Wiles Elementary has one student.
Newberry Elementary has the most cases of the elementary schools with two students and one staff member.
Two middle schools have active cases. Howard Bishop with six students and Oak View Middle School in Newberry has three students and one staff member.
The ACPS Transportation department has 4 active cases as of Oct. 5.
ACPS District totals since Aug. 17th are 61 students and 31 staff.
Newberry High tops the number of students and staff members with COVID-19 cases since Aug. 17th with 25 cases. Howard Bishop has had 8 cases so far and Buchholz High has had 6 since the schools reopened.
The ACPS COVID-19 dashboard still reports the number of staff and students in self-isolation at 191 for the week of Sept. 28th-Oct. 2nd and that number has not been updated.
To follow the ACPS COVID-19 dashboard click here.