SARASOTA — Sarasota County Schools reported 52 positive COVID-19 cases since re-opening less than four weeks ago.
According to the district dashboard, nine staff members and 43 students have tested positive at some point.
This year, the district has 25,760 students enrolled in brick-and-mortar school, down from last year’s 36,712 in-person learners.
Charlotte County Schools’ dashboard remained unchanged at 10 on Thursday, meaning no more cases have been reported since Sept. 16.
Sarasota County saw the most reported cases in a single day on Sept. 14 with 11 new cases.
Venice High School has seen the most positive cases within the district at seven reported, which includes two staff members and five students. Riverview high also has five reported cases, all students.
The district dashboard is updated daily at 2 p.m. and can be accessed at bit.ly/3hjZKHE.
“The daily updates reflect confirmed cases as identified by the Department of Health from the previous day,” said district spokesperson Kelsey Whealy.
“As positive cases are reported to the school district by the Department of Health, previously posted daily totals may fluctuate, as daily dashboard totals are determined by the date a positive test result is reported,” Whealy said.
In partnership with the Department of Health in Sarasota County, there are three testing sites within the district, where symptomatic students and staff can receive a test at no charge.
The locations include:
• Sarasota County Schools Bus Depot, 2080 Citizens Parkway, North Port, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.
• Materials Management Department, 101 Old Venice Road, Osprey, 9 a.m. to 1, Monday through Friday.
• Department of Health in Sarasota County, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.
To request a test, the student’s parent or guardian must complete a COVID-19 test request form, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to email, call 941-861-2941 with your name and return phone number. A staff member will respond and provide the appointment time and location.