The latest school district report released by the Texas Department of State Health Services shows a high number of cases among staff members in Bowie County districts, along with 11 new student cases from Queen City Independent School District.
Texarkana ISD reported 10 new staff cases for the latest reporting period of Oct. 12-18, while Liberty-Eylau and Pleasant Grove each reported eight.
This brings TISD's total of reported cases since July 27 to 52, L-EISD's to 24 and PGISD's to 13.
PG also reported seven new student cases, raising its percentage of on-campus students who've tested positive since July 27 to approximately 1.4% — third-highest among Bowie County districts.
L-E reported five new student cases, bringing its student percentage just over 1% for the first time.
TISD reported one new student case. Its student percentage is just under 1%.
Other Bowie districts to report cases included DeKalb ISD, with one student and two staff members; Hooks ISD, two students and two staff members; Malta ISD, one student; New Boston, one student; and Redwater, one student and one staff member.
Queen City reported by far the most new cases in Cass County for the second week in a row, with 11 students and three staff members. This raises its total student positivity rate to the highest mark in both counties, with just under 3% of their on-campus students having reported to have tested positive since the beginning of the data collection periods.
It is now at 26 total students cases and 26 staff cases.
Atlanta ISD reported three new staff cases and one student.
Other Cass districts to report new cases were Bloomburg ISD, one student and one staff member; Hughes Springs, one student and one staff member; and Linden-Kildare CISD, one student.
McLeod ISD, which previously held the highest positivity rate, had no new cases reported this week.
Districts with the lowest student positivity rates include Hughes Springs (0.55%), with the lowest percentage among Cass districts, and Simms ISD (0.65%), with the lowest in Bowie County.
There were two cases with a source of infection reported as on-campus — a Hughes Springs case and a Liberty-Eylau case — and the rest were reported as either off-campus or unknown.