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Coronavirus in Tampa Bay schools: a weekly update

Reported cases start to dip as the end of the 2020-21 school year approaches.
Students walk to Davidsen Middle School, where 10 coronavirus cases were reported this past week. The Westchase school, along with Ben Davidson Middle in Tampa, had the most reported cases in the area for the week.
Students walk to Davidsen Middle School, where 10 coronavirus cases were reported this past week. The Westchase school, along with Ben Davidson Middle in Tampa, had the most reported cases in the area for the week. [ Times (2019) ]
Published May 8
Updated May 8

As the school year winds down, coronavirus case counts in Tampa Bay area public schools are finally dropping, although not dramatically. With Friday’s numbers from Pinellas County, which will not be known until Monday, the weekly total will likely be under 500 cases — considerably less than the 600-plus weeks that have occurred for much of the school year.

The reductions happened in all four area school districts. Below is a county-by-county look at schools with the most cases.

Hernando County: There were six cases each at Explorer K-8 and Springstead High, four at Floyd Elementary and three at Suncoast Elementary. The district total was 32 cases.

Hillsborough County: Two northwest Hillsborough middle schools — Hill and Davidsen — saw the most activity this week, with 10 cases each.

There were eight cases at Blake High School.

There were seven each at Armwood High and Learning Gate Charter. There were six at Leto High.

Durant, Plant and Spoto high schools each reported five cases, as did the SLAM charter school in Citrus Park.

These schools had four cases each: Alonso, Brandon, Chamberlain, Freedom, Steinbrenner and Wharton high schools, and SLAM in Apollo Beach.

Pasco County: There were eight student cases in MySchool Online. Charles S. Rushe Middle School and Sunlake High each reported five cases.

These campuses reported four cases each: Gulfside Elementary, Hudson High and Sanders Memorial Elementary. The district’s transportation department also reported four cases.

Pinellas County: Hollins High had five cases and Safety Harbor Middle reported four. There were three each at Carwise Middle, Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle and Tarpon Springs High.

Across all four counties — not including the still-to-be-reported Friday numbers from Pinellas — there were 439 cases this week, for a total of 16,593 since schools reopened in August.

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

Week ending April 30