School-based COVID-19 cases increase slightly

Carlsbad Municipal Schools saw a slight increase in COVID-19 cases following fall festivities according to the Rapid Response Dashboard.

Carlsbad Municipal Schools (CMS) reported 66 new cases since Oct. 8. Twenty-eight of those cases were reported last week. Of those 28 cases, 18 were at Carlsbad High School.

Ten of Carlsbad Municipal School District’s 11 schools reported at least one positive case in the last 14 days of the report.

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As of Nov. 4, there were 417 positive COVID-19 cases at Carlsbad public schools since school started on Aug. 10.

The increase came after a state-wide drop in COVID-19 cases. The decrease in cases was the result of protocols that included surveillance testing, vaccinations, mask use and quarantine requirements, according to the New Mexico Public Education Department.

The PED recently relaxed its quarantine requirements which allow unvaccinated students that come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to return to school if they test negative for the virus. Previously, those students had to quarantine for at least 10 days.

The data was released on the CMS COVID-19 Rapid Response Dashboard published on the district’s website. The data is based on cases during a 14-day period.

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The number of COVID-19 infections in Eddy County also slightly increased before dropping, according to data from the New Mexico Department of Health. 

On Nov. 5 the county had a seven-day average of 16 cases, on Oct. 27 it was 22 cases and on Oct. 20 it was 15.