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Coronavirus in Tampa Bay schools: a weekly update

Districts reported just over 600 cases this week, with vaccines lowering the number of school staffers infected.
An early morning view of Strawberry Crest High, which led the area in coronavirus cases this past week with 10.
An early morning view of Strawberry Crest High, which led the area in coronavirus cases this past week with 10. [ Times (2014) ]
Published Apr. 24
Updated Apr. 24

Cases of the coronavirus still have not slowed measurably in Tampa Bay area schools. And with vaccines widely available for adults, they are far more likely to be from students than staff.

In Hillsborough County, for example, close to half the cases were reported among staff in the early months of the school year. This past week, 82 percent were students.

Here is a look back at the past week in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Schools with three or fewer cases are reflected in the interactive map, but not listed in this article.

Hernando County: There were five cases at Fox Chapel Middle School and four at Floyd Elementary School. There were three each at Central, Springstead and Nature Coast Technical high schools; Winding Waters K-8 and Deltona Elementary School. The district had a total of 36 cases, a relatively high number for Hernando.

Hillsborough County: Leading the district, which had 315 cases in total, was Strawberry Crest High, with 10.

Armwood High and Henderson Hammock Charter had eight cases each. There were eight staff cases in the school district offices.

Alonso and Chamberlain high schools had seven cases each, as did Booker T. Washington Elementary, which until now had little coronavirus activity.

The most recent week of COVID-19 dashboard entries for Hillsborough County shows the vast majority of cases are among students (shown in dark blue) rather than staff, who are shown in aqua.
The most recent week of COVID-19 dashboard entries for Hillsborough County shows the vast majority of cases are among students (shown in dark blue) rather than staff, who are shown in aqua. [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

These schools had five cases each: Newsome High, Pinecrest Elementary, Plant High, Ruskin Elementary, Springhead Elementary and Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary.

These schools had four cases each: Chiles, Cork and Davis elementary schools; Buchanan and Greco middle schools; and Riverview, Robinson, Spoto and Sumner high schools.

Pasco County: The county continues to log more than 100 cases a week, this week with 136 cases largely concentrated in a small number of schools.

Hudson High, J.W. Mitchell High and Pine View Middle had eight cases each. There were eight cases in MySchool Online.

Sunlake and Fivay high schools had seven cases each. Charles S. Rushe Middle School had five.

These schools had four cases each: Centennial Middle, Lacoochee Elementary, Land O’Lakes High, Longleaf Elementary and Woodland Elementary.

Hollins High School led the Pinellas County School District in coronavirus this week with seven student cases.
Hollins High School led the Pinellas County School District in coronavirus this week with seven student cases. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Pinellas County: With 114 cases between Monday and Thursday, Pinellas is still holding steady.

Hollins High led the district with seven cases. There were five at Pinellas Park Middle.

Countryside and Osceola Fundamental high schools had four cases each.

The total this week for the four counties was 601. Since schools opened in August, the Tampa Bay Times has counted 15,508 cases, with all but a handful n public schools.

Colleges and universities:

Since April 16, the University of South Florida reported that five students and eight employees across the school’s campuses have tested positive. Cases listed are those that have been reported to the university and those who test positive at the Student Health Center.

Over the same time period, the University of Tampa has reported 14 student and one employee cases. St. Petersburg College reported seven cases across its 13 campuses and Hillsborough Community College reported 11 cases across its four campuses. Eckerd College reported 14 active cases among residential students this week.

Earlier reports:

Week ending March 12

Week ending March 26

Week ending April 3

Week ending April 9

Week ending April 13

Staff writer Divya Kumar contributed to this report.