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.