File photo.

File photo.

Auburn School District counts 67 COVID cases

The first day of in-person school was last Wednesday.

As of Sept. 14, the Auburn School District recorded 67 COVID-19 cases among staff and students less than a week into the school year, which began Sept. 8, according to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The majority of positive cases, 74%, originated off campus, according to the dashboard. This means around 14 cases originated on campus. The relatively small number of cases originating on campus suggests the precautionary measures the district is taking could be working.

Of the 67 positive cases, 17 are staff members and 50 are students, but the district’s COVID-19 data does not distinguish between teachers and other staff.

The school with the most number of positive cases is Auburn Riverside High School with 10 students and one staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. Across the four high schools in the district, there are 16 cases among students and four among staff.

Across all 16 elementary schools in the Auburn School District, there are 23 cases among students and seven among staff. Across the four middle schools in the district, there are 11 cases among students and one among staff.

Auburn is not the only district dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks early in the school year. Federal Way Public Schools recorded over 100 cases among students and staff combined in the last 14 days.

Each district building has a COVID-19 supervisor who is responsible for monitoring safety and health protocol and investigates positive cases.

The district is still working to collect data on vaccinations among staff who must be vaccinated by Oct. 18, said Vicki Alonzo, Auburn School District’s executive director of communications. At this time, there is no official count of unvaccinated or vaccinated staff.

As of Sept. 14, 85% of King County residents ages 12 and up have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, according to the King County COVID-19 dashboard. The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to massively reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, according to the dashboard.

In King County, people who are not fully vaccinated are seven times more likely to get the virus, 50 times more likely to be hospitalized and 30 times more likely to die from COVID-19, according to the dashboard.

To date, there have been 9,912 COVID-19 cases among children ages 0-9 in King County and 16,291 among people ages 10-19, according to the dashboard.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@auburn-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.auburn-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Auburn Symphony Orchestra pianist Anton Nel. Photo courtesy of Anton Nel.
Live entertainment returns to Auburn this fall

Theater, comedy and music performances available.

Auburn Station. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood.
Sound Transit offers train rides to and from Seahawks games

Fans can catch a ride from Auburn Station

T
Meet King County Council District 7 candidate Dominique Torgerson

Torgerson is running against incumbent Pete von Reichbauer in the Nov. 3 general election.

T
Meet King County Council District 7 candidate Pete von Reichbauer

Incumbent is running against challenger Dominique Torgerson in the Nov. 3 general election.

File photo.
Arrest made in relation to shooting death of Auburn-area woman

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody by King County Sheriff deputies.

Map of proposed landfill expansion sites (screenshot from King County website)
Waste management expert knocks county’s plan to expand landfill

The waste management advocate said the decision to expand seems pre-determined despite assessment.

Photo of car crash that killed two innocent victims. Screenshot courtesy of Auburn Police Department
3 dead after suspect in fatal shooting causes car crash

The crash killed two in the victim car.

File photo.
Dead body found after seven-hour standoff at Auburn house

An adult male was taken into custody, according to KC Sheriff’s Office.

Most Read