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Outbreaks at Schools Continue

October 5, 2021

In a letter to Elko County School District, the office of public health investigations and epidemiology stated that no outbreak statuses would be lifted for schools already enforcing universal mask-wearing and other mitigation measures highlighted in directive 048.

The letter states: “No Elko schools are currently in a situation where the outbreak would be determined over next week. After looking at the trends of cases in these schools, we would not be able to deem any outbreak over at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.” Schools in ECSD currently deemed to be experiencing outbreaks are: Elko High School, Flag View Intermediate School, Spring Creek High School, Adobe Middle School, Liberty Peak Elementary, Spring Creek Middle School, Spring Creek Elementary School, Northside Elementary, Grammar No. 2, Mountain View Elementary, Southside Elementary, Wells Combined Schools, Carlin Combined Schools, and Owyhee Combined Schools.

The department of public and behavioral health will continue to work closely with schools and monitor the occurrences of disease. Factors taken into consideration to discontinue the universal mask-wearing requirement include:

  • New cases identified within school/school district
  • Level of transmission within the community
  • Current CDC guidance

View and monitor COVID-19 cases in Nevada schools on the state’s COVID-19 school dashboard. The dashboard, developed by the DHHS office of analytics, includes information on COVID-19 cases in Nevada schools that can be searched by county or school and provides data on cases for staff and students who were present at school while they were infectious with COVID-19. Those who test positive for COVID-19 but did not attend school while infectious are not included in the state’s dashboard.

This data changes rapidly as tests are conducted and contact tracing and disease investigation are completed for school cases. The data may not always match the most recent reports released by local health jurisdictions or school districts.

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