Positive COVID-19 cases rise in EP schools during winter break
Positive cases of COVID-19 among staff and students at Eden Prairie schools rose sharply in the two-week period ending January 7.
A total of 435 staff and students have reported positive cases in the two weeks since December 24. This drops to 143 in pre-K at 5e grade, 215 in grades 6-12, and 77 staff.
There were 75 cases reported in the two-week period ending December 31.
On New Years Eve, the district announced that all staff and students would be required to wear face coverings when they returned to school on January 3 and would continue to do so until January 27. 3 for winter holidays.
Eden Prairie Schools began the 2021-22 school year with K-6 studentse forced to wear a face cover inside the school. This decision reflected the fact that children under the age of 12 were not eligible at that time to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The policy remained unchanged as children aged 5 and over became eligible. Case rates had increased slightly during the fall, but were mostly stable.
The omicron variant of COVID-19 has led school districts around the Twin Cities and across the country to adjust their pandemic mitigation plans, including some returning to online learning.
A request for comment from the district was not immediately returned.
Upcoming vaccination clinics
The district has announced the next Hennepin County vaccination clinics being held at Eden Prairie High School.
Clinics run from 4:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday January 19 and February 9. Pre-registration is required and a limited number of walk-in visits will be accepted. Register here. For assistance registering, call 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
Pfizer boosters will be available to anyone 5 years of age and older. Pfizer boosters will be available for ages 16 and up. Parents or legal guardians must accompany minors.
The vaccine is free and no insurance is required.
An additional clinic offered by a local doctor will be held at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be offered. To reserve a place, go to this site. So sign the consent form here.
1,900 test kits distributed
The district announced that it distributed more than 1,900 COVID-19 test kits to families during the winter break. Families could drive and take the tests at the administrative service center.
January 10 from the neighborhood Message from parents informed parents that he was soon awaiting instructions from the Minnesota Department of Health on the “test to stay,” which would allow the district to offer COVID-19 testing to avoid student quarantine.
COVID-19 city numbers rise
Eden Prairie’s COVID-19 case rate also increased significantly during the two-week period of December 14-27.
The case rate for that period was 84.7 per 10,000 population, according to the Hennepin County COVID-19 Dashboard. The rate was 61.2 cases per 10,000 population in the previous two weeks.
Eden Prairie has recorded 9,080 cases and 35 deaths as of December 30 since the start of the pandemic, according to the county dashboard.
Hennepin County and the towns bordering Eden Prairie also saw significant rate increases during the same period.
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