The number of reported positive COVID-19 cases in the Dawson County school system for Monday, Aug. 23 was 80 people; 67 students and 13 faculty and staff members.
The Dawson County school began releasing a daily chart on its website accounting for the reported positive cases throughout the entire school system on Friday, Aug. 20.
Reported positive cases have risen every week since the 2021-22 school year started, with 28 reported positive cases for the week of Aug. 13 and 90 reported positive cases for the week of Aug. 20.
This rapid increase in cases caused a change in Dawson County’s COVID-19 protocol, allowing parents to self-quarantine their child with no attendance penalty if exposed to a positive case.
As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, Robinson Elementary reported 22 students with positive cases, the most out of any school in the county. Dawson County High School reported 14 positive cases, 13 of those students. Kilough Elementary School also reported 14 positive cases, 11 of those students and two instructional staff members.
Blacks Mill Elementary school reported five students and four non-instructional staff members with positive cases. Both Dawson County Junior High School and Dawson County Middle School reported seven positive cases amongst students with no positive cases amongst staff.
Riverview Elementary School reported the lowest number of positive cases, with two students and one faculty member. Both Dawson County school system transportation and facilities additionally reported two reported cases amongst their staff.
Overall, 1.76 percent of students and 2.41 percent of staff members missed school on Monday with reported positive cases.
As the Dawson County school system reports its daily COVID-19 statistics, the DCN will continue to report the daily numbers.