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COVID-19 cases soar to record numbers at Rochester Public Schools

Of the new positive cases, 42% were unvaccinated individuals.

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ROCHESTER — Rochester Public Schools reported a school-year high 564 new positive COVID-19 cases between Jan. 3-9, raising the total to 1,960 positive cases this school year.

The next highest report of positive cases this school year was 163 the week of Nov. 15-21

Of the new cases, 183 were reported in pre-K through fifth-graders, 288 in grades 6-12, and 93 with staff members.

Of the new positive cases, 42% were in unvaccinated individuals.

The district reported all RPS schools had multiple positive cases the past week.

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The Rochester School District has about 17,800 students and 2,700 staff members.

By the end of the 2020-21 school year, there were 717 positive cases and 4,575 people who had to quarantine. Students, however, spent much of that school year in either hybrid or distance learning.

Erich is a digital content producer at the Post Bulletin where he creates content for the Post Bulletin's digital platforms. Before he moved to Rochester, Erich worked as a sports reporter for Rivals.com covering the University of Illinois' athletic programs in Champaign, Illinois. Readers can reach Erich at 507-285-7681 or efisher@postbulletin.com.
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