By Kevin Deutsch
Broward County Public Schools reported 1,056 new COVID-19 cases during the first half of May, 56 more than the entire month of April, school records show.
Since school began on Aug. 18, 2021, coronavirus infections have been confirmed for at least 8,873 students, and 6,049 school employees, the school system’s COVID-19 dashboard showed as of May 16.
The case increase comes amid another wave of coronavirus infections impacting Florida.
The daily statewide average for new COVID-19 cases has been rising throughout May. There were 7,828 new cases recorded in Florida last week, a number not reached since the omicron variant swept across the state last winter.
The COVID-19 positivity rate in Broward County was 16.5 percent as of last week, with nine new COVID hospital admissions recorded each day per 100,000 people, federal data show.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an omicron variant known as B.A.2.12.1 is driving the current coronavirus wave.
Tamarac schools reporting at least one COVID-19 case from May 1 to May 16
Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy reported five cases
Discovery Elementary School reported 17 cases.
Pinewood Elementary School reported one case.
Tamarac Elementary School reported two cases.
Coral Springs schools reporting at least one COVID-19 case from May 1 to May 16
Coral Glades High School reported 12 cases
J.P. Taravella High School reported 11 cases.
Coral Springs High School reported six cases.
Coral Springs Middle School reported one case.
Forest Glen Middle School reported one case.
Ramblewood Middle School reported three cases.
Coral Springs Elementary School reported seven cases.
Parkside Elementary School reported one case.
Riverside Elementary School reported five cases.
Westchester Elementary School reported two cases.
Ramblewood Elementary School reported three cases.
Country Hills Elementary School reported ten cases.
Eagle Ridge Elementary School reported 30 cases.
Forest Hills Elementary School reported six cases.
Park Springs Elementary School reported 13 cases.
Coral Park Elementary School reported seven cases.
Sawgrass Springs Middle School reported five cases.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.