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Coronavirus in Tampa Bay schools: a weekly update

Weekly case totals in the four-county area still exceed 500, and the vast majority are children.
Ellen Cipriani, school crossing guard of the year for the state, poses for a portrait outside of Riverview Elementary on September 16, 2020.
Ellen Cipriani, school crossing guard of the year for the state, poses for a portrait outside of Riverview Elementary on September 16, 2020. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published May 1
Updated May 1

Coronavirus cases among school staff members have become almost nonexistent thanks to the wide availability of vaccines for adults. But students — especially those in high school and middle school — are still reporting illness in Tampa Bay area schools.

The map above records all cases reported by area school districts. Below is a county-by-county breakdown of schools with four cases or more this past week.

Hernando County: Numbers hit a high point in Hernando, with 45 cases this week.

Eight were at Floyd Elementary, five were at Nature Coast Technical High and another five were at West Hernando Middle.

These schools had four cases each: Explorer K-8, Spring Hill Elementary and Weeki Wachee High.

Hillsborough County: The area’s largest district had 268 cases, a slightly lower total than usual.

Chamberlain High, Davidsen and Martinez middle schools had the most, with 11 each.

Bailey Elementary had nine cases. Alonso and Plant City high schools had six cases each. Armwood High and Hill Middle School had five each.

These schools had four cases each: Buchanan Middle, Collins Elementary, Gaither High, Giunta Middle, and Horizon Charter and Strawberry Crest High School.

Martinez Middle School in Lutz had 11 reported COVID-19 cases in the week ending April 30.
Martinez Middle School in Lutz had 11 reported COVID-19 cases in the week ending April 30. [ Facebook ]

Pasco County: Coronavirus activity in Pasco is about what it was last week, with 133 cases.

Fivay High in Hudson had 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the week ending April 30.  Since students returned to school in August, there have been 108 cases.
Fivay High in Hudson had 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the week ending April 30. Since students returned to school in August, there have been 108 cases. [ Times staff ]

Leading the district was Fivay High with 10 cases. Hudson Middle School had 8 cases.

J.W. Mitchell High had seven cases, and there were seven in MySchool Online. Sunlake High had six cases.

These schools had four cases each: Fox Hollow Elementary, Gulf Middle, Land O’ Lakes High, Sanders Memorial Elementary and Thomas E. Weightman Middle.

Pinellas County: Most schools that showed contagion this week in Pinellas had three or fewer cases.

These schools had four cases each: Boca Ciega High, High Point Elementary, Largo High, Pinellas Park High, Safety Harbor Middle, Sexton Elementary, St. Petersburg High and Tarpon Springs High. The Walter Pownall Service Center also reported four cases.

Without including Friday’s Pinellas cases, the total at week’s end was 553, with a school year-to-date total of 16,130.

Colleges and universities:

Since April 23, the University of South Florida reported that four 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 three student cases. St. Petersburg College reported one case across its 13 campuses and Hillsborough Community College reported 16 cases across its four campuses.

Eckerd College reported no active cases among residential students this week.

Earlier reports:

Week ending March 12

Week ending March 26

Week ending April 1

Week ending April 9

Week ending April 16

Week ending April 23

Staff writer Divya Kumar contributed to this report.