CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Medina and Wadsworth school districts are among those reporting the highest number of new COVID-19 infections in the latest weekly update from the Ohio Department of Health.
The Medina City Schools reported the third-highest total of new infections, with 91 among students and five among staff members. The Wadsworth City Schools reported the sixth-highest total, with 71 new infections among students and six among the staff.
The high number of infections in the two Medina County school districts is particularly striking because other districts reporting high numbers of new infections — like those in Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus — are among the state’s largest.
Cleveland, meanwhile, reported 54 new cases among students, tied for the 14th highest total in the latest weekly update. Cleveland has reported 14 staff cases.
Ohio has continued to see a spike in coronavirus infections statewide, with the more contagious delta variant driving the surge. The ODH reported Thursday that Ohio has seen a statewide average of 582.4 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.
The surge has had a significant impact on classrooms across the U.S., with many school districts having to delay or completely shut down classes for at least one entire school building in more than a dozen states, according to the Associated Press.
Some Northeast Ohio school districts have responded to the surge by imposing mask mandates. The Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools implemented a mandate after the district reported 25 coronavirus infections during its first week of classes.
Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer compiled data from numbers reported to the Ohio Department of Health from both public and private school districts throughout the state. The current numbers only reflect data added from the previous week (Monday through Sunday). As a result, Thursday’s update is based on data collected from Aug. 30 to Sept.3.
Here is a list of the 10 Ohio school districts that reported the highest number of new infections in this week’s update.
1. Toledo City (Lucas County) – 114 student cases, 10 staff cases
2. Cincinnati Public Schools (Hamilton) – 101 student cases, 26 staff cases
3. Medina City SD (Medina) – 91 student cases, 5 staff cases
4. Columbus City School District (Franklin) – 76 student cases, 17 staff cases
5. Ontario Local (Richland) – 72 student cases, 5 staff cases
6. Wadsworth City (Medina) – 71 student cases, 6 staff cases
7. Xenia Community City (Greene) – 67 student cases, 6 staff cases
T-8. Westerville City (Franklin) – 64 student cases, 15 staff cases
T-8. Northmont City (Montgomery) – 64 student cases, 8 staff cases
10. South-Western City (Franklin – 63 student cases, 13 staff cases