Suffolk Public Schools provides dashboard with weekly COVID-19 updates


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – As part of their COVID-19 resources, Suffolk Public Schools (SPS) is now providing a dashboard updated with the district’s health metrics.

The page provides a weekly snapshot for the Eastern Region and the City of Suffolk, pulling from the state’s data every Monday. The SPS confirmed coronavirus cases are broken down by location, week reported and the total number of cases.

As of Dec. 7, 2020, SPS is reporting ten new cases, for a total of 43 cases. The school district notes that one case does not equal one individual. The total number of cases could include one person who was in multiple locations. So, if someone tested positive for COVID-19 was in three different schools, that would count as three cases in the total number.

Below is an example of a chart visitors will find on the school system’s website.

Click on the image to view the latest data

The School Board is using the information in this table to help decide when students will return to in-person learning.

Yellow represents less than 5% positivity rate and less than 10 cases per 100,000.

Orange represents a 5-10% positivity rate and 10-100 cases per 100,000.

Red represents a greater than 10% positivity rate and more than 100 cases per 100,000.

This table shows the potential recommendations based on those metrics.

The SPS dashboard also provides a weekly updated look at specific cases at Suffolk schools. It displays confirmed coronavirus cases since school began on Sept. 8, 2020. The case information will be updated every Monday.

If a school confirms a COVID-19 positive case, the Suffolk City Health Department or a Suffolk Public Schools staff member will contact close contacts directly.

On Nov. 12, the Suffolk School Board voted to delay a return to in-person learning until at least January. Members also approved a recommendation to eliminate midterms and final exams for all high school level courses.  

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