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McCracken’s student COVID numbers see sharp decline | News

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Only five cases were reported in Thursday’s report, 14 in the Wednesday report, 12 in the Tuesday report and seven each in the Monday and Sept. 17 report. For the week of Sept. 17-23, only 40 new cases of COVID — an average of 5.7 per day — were reported among school-age children in McCracken County. PDHD director Kent Koster credited school practices for the decline in the number of new cases.

“It could be the result of the schools increasingly improving the identification of close contacts and quarantining them in order to reduce exposure to the virus,” he said. There were 604 new cases among McCracken County students in the month of August, or 19.48 per day.

The number of new cases among McCracken County students began its decline on Sept. 14. From that date through Thursday, there were a total of 75 cases, an average of 7.5 per day. From Sept. 1-13, there were 207 cases, an average of 15.9 cases per day. For the first time since The Paducah Sun began gathering student-age information, the number of new cases among those able to receive vaccines — students between the ages of 12 and 18 — is lower than those who are younger.

The Paducah Independent School District reported 28 total positive cases among its students from Aug. 18 through Thursday, with 92 total student quarantines in that time. The McCracken County School District reported 15 cases among its students from Monday through Thursday and 25 student quarantines.

The 277 reported September cases among students in McCracken County broken down by grade level: Those age 12 to 18 reported 16 new cases for Sept. 18 through Thursday — 11 boys and five girls — while those younger reported 24 — 13 boys and 11 girls.

• Early elementary (6-8): 47 • Late elementary (9-10): 43 • Preschool (age 4-5): 22 new cases

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