Turlock and Modesto school districts reported 60 and 84 COVID-19 cases, respectively, from their second week of in-person instruction.
The numbers reflect a rise in cases in Stanislaus County and across the country caused by the more transmissible delta variant. Modesto City Schools’ positivity rate doubled over the first two weeks of school. The positivity rate at Turlock Unified School District more than quadrupled, though its first week of school only included three days.
Local public health officials will defer to the California Department of Public Health on setting a threshold for shutting down a classroom or school like last year, said Maria Blanco, COVID-19 public information officer for Stanislaus County Public Health. State officials have not provided a cap this year, Blanco said, and Stanislaus County won’t set its own guidelines.
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