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AUSTIN — The latest school district COVID data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services shows a high number of cases in the Atlanta Independent School District.

In the most recent reporting period of Nov. 9-Nov. 15, Atlanta ISD reported 17 cases — 15 students and two staff members. Atlanta led all Cass and Bowie County districts in new case count.

The 15 new student cases raises the district's total student count since July 27 to 45, which leads all Cass school districts. As a matter of scale, however, Atlanta has the third-lowest total student positivity rate in Cass, at about 2.1%.

Queen City ISD added six new staff cases, raising their staff total to 36. This leads all Cass districts by a wide margin.

Other Cass districts to report new cases include Hughes Springs, three students; and McLeod, three students.

McLeod now has the highest total on-campus student positivity rate (4.46%) in either county, while Avinger (0.86%) and Hughes Springs (0.92%) remain the only two Cass districts below 1%.

There were four Bowie County districts to report at least six new cases: Texarkana, seven students and five staff members; Pleasant Grove, eight students; Liberty-Eylau, five staff members and one student; and Redwater, five students and one staff member.

Texarkana ISD was able to cut its case count to less than half of what it was last week despite having by far the largest population among all districts in either county.

Other Bowie districts to add new cases include Hooks ISD, one student and one staff member; Maud ISD, one student and one staff member; and Red Lick, one student.

Despite only adding one new case, Red Lick remains the district with the highest total on-campus student positivity rate in Bowie County, at 4.1%. Simms (0.65%) remains the lowest in either county.

All new cases were reported with a source of infection of either off-campus or unknown.

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