98 New COVID Cases Confirmed Last Week

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A total of 98 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Montgomery County last week for a weekly positivity rate of 5.0 percent.

According to the Montgomery County Health Department, the total number of confirmed cases in the county is 737 as of Sunday, Nov. 8, with the results of 12 tests pending.

Three more staff members in the Hillsboro School District tested positive last week: a high school teacher who had been absent from school, an aide at Beckemeyer who was asymptomatic, and an aide at Coffeen Pre-K who developed symptoms on Wednesday and tested positive on Thursday.

According to Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell, the high school and Beckemyer positives resulted in no close contact quarantines, but the Coffeen positive resulted in 14 student and one staff quarantine.

“This brings our total number of known COVID-positive students to date to 15, and staff to eight,” Powell said.  “We remain very fortunate to be able to continue to offer five days per week of in-person instruction during this pandemic. Several area districts announced this week that they have been forced into full remote instruction by COVID outbreaks that have dramatically impacted their students or staff.”

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