The latest data from the Alabama Department of Public Health shows the Tuscaloosa County School System has the highest number of reported cases of COVID-19 statewide.

The ADPH K-12 Dashboard reports 82 cases of the novel Coronavirus within the school system; the data was last updated on November 6th.

We are aware of 66 TCSS students or employees who tested positive for COVID-19 during the October 9 through October 23 time period. This is less than half of one percent of the current on-campus TCSS student population. TCSS has approximately 19,000 students, enrolled across 34 schools. District-wide, approximately 84 percent of our students are currently attending school on campus.

TCSS says it continues to ensure its students, faculty, and staff are taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Considering the highly contagious nature of the virus, we continue to be encouraged that the steps we are taking to reduce risks in our schools are effective. These key steps involve wearing masks, social distancing, cleaning within our schools, hand washing, and quarantine for those who have been exposed to the virus. Although we can never be completely certain of the source of an infection, we continue to believe, based on information provided to us by parents and guardians, the majority of positive student cases were likely contracted outside of school. In order to keep our infection rates down, we ask our entire TCSS community to maintain healthy practices outside of school. This is absolutely essential in keeping our students and staff members healthy and keeping our schools open and as safe as possible.

The Jefferson County School System reported 54 cases within the same time period, giving it the second-highest COVID-19 total statewide.

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