So far this fall, at least 72 schools in Utah have had a coronavirus outbreak — and 12 others have shifted online early to avoid one.
Those 84 have all come in a span of roughly three months after most districts in the state reopened in August at the encouragement of the governor. What’s followed has been a lesson in what can happen when students return to the classroom before COVID-19 is under control.
Most of the schools with outbreaks have been high schools, with 53 total. And 19 of those have had more than one outbreak, spurring them to close and reopen and sometimes close again when they hit 15 cases, which the state recommends should trigger a two-week shift to online instruction.
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