Vail schools dealing with COVID-19 outbreak
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Vail School District is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.
In just nine days, there have been 25 coronavirus cases across the 22-school district.
The Pima County Health Department on Wednesday, July 28, asked the district to close a fifth-grade class at Senita Valley Elementary after three students tested positive.
Vail was one of the first districts in southern Arizona to return to the classroom. Some Marana Unified schools are back, as well as the Pima Accommodation District, which is the program for students in the juvenile detention center.
A majority of the school districts in southern Arizona return on Aug. 2 and Aug. 5.
According to the health department, there have been 56 positive cases connected to schools this week alone.
Pima County Superintendent Dustin Williams said the positive cases run the gamut -- students, staff, athletes and more.
Williams said in Pima County, there have been 305 coronavirus cases involving children 5-18 years old in July. In June, there were only 204.
Williams said the spikes for schools appear worse than in May when most districts ended the school year. There were only 293 cases for ages 5-18 in the county that month.
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