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Hillsborough school superintendent Addison Davis has COVID-19

He’s one of thousands in the school system diagnosed in recent days. Tuesday alone saw 43 cases reported in district offices.
Hillsborough County school superintendent Addison Davis during a School Board retreat in April. He is among 43 central office employees who reported having COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Hillsborough County school superintendent Addison Davis during a School Board retreat in April. He is among 43 central office employees who reported having COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 11. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 11|Updated Jan. 12

Addison Davis, superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, has COVID-19, the school district said Tuesday.

District spokesperson Tanya Arja confirmed Davis’ diagnosis after he appeared via video camera at Tuesday’s School Board meeting.

“He tested positive this morning,” Arja said. “He is isolating and following CDC guidelines.”

Related: Tampa Bay area public schools see surge in COVID cases

As in the community at large, the school district’s COVID-19 statistics have been extraordinarily high since schools reopened on Jan. 3. Since that day, the district has reported 4,667 cases.

On Tuesday alone, 43 staff cases were reported in the district’s central offices. Since Jan. 3, there have been 79.

In his remarks at the meeting, Davis said this about the high numbers: “It’s a reality within our school district and our community, and we must continue to take proactive steps.”

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