Berkeley Unified COVID-19 case more than tripled in one week – NBC Bay Area
Berkeley Unified COVID-19 case more than tripled in one week – NBC Bay Area

Berkeley Unified COVID-19 case more than tripled in one week – NBC Bay Area

The Berkeley Unified School District said Thursday it is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak where the number of new cases at the site has more than tripled to 91 last week and similar numbers are popping up this week. according to the district’s online dashboard.

Superintendent Brent Stephens said in one letter to the school community the district has seen a “significant increase” in cases. The dashboard also shows 77 new cases at Berkeley High School in April compared to eight a month earlier.

“We are also experiencing an increasing number of infections with more cases in individual classrooms, on sports teams or among other groups,” Stephens wrote. “This is likely due to the increased transferability of the Omicron BA.2 variant and may also be exacerbated by the release of masking restrictions. We are working closely with the City of Berkeley Public Health Department to develop response strategies in these multiple cases.”

The school principal urged the school community to be vigilant by keeping up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, masking, symptom monitoring and testing. He also encouraged people with symptoms to stay home.

Testing is still available at all district schools, Stephens said. Students and staff can also test at the Curtis Street entrance to Berkeley Adult School from 6 p.m. 9.00 to 16.30 on weekdays.

The district will also distribute a limited supply of home tests to Berkeley High School students as they leave campus Friday.

For more information on Berkeley Unified’s response to COVID-19, visit online dashboard on the district website.

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