DOE records just 21 COVID cases from nearly 20K tests in citys summer sessions

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Cases of COVID-19 have remained low in city schools during the summer session, ongoing test results show.

Just 0.12 percent of students and staff at the Department of Education’s new Summer Rising program tested positive for COVID-19, according to a DOE report.

The DOE has so far conducted 19,338 tests on in-person Summer Rising students and staff from July 6, when Summer Rising began, through July 21.

Just 21 of them came back positive.

Brooklyn showed the highest rate, at 0.14 percent, and Manhattan the lowest, at 0.07 percent.

The current citywide rate of people who tested positive for COVID-19 was 2.12 percent, averaged over seven days from July 21.

The positivity rate for Summer Rising is also lower than the cumulative positivity rate for the entire 2020-21 cumulative school year, 0.4 percent.

Summer Rising is the DOE’s replacement for traditional summer school. Unlike traditional summer school, it’s open to all students in the city, and includes enrichment activities.

The city does not require teachers and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19.

But starting Monday, the DOE will offer vaccinations at 25 Summer Rising sites to students, staff, and parents.

That’s “part of an ongoing effort to get DOE employees vaccinated,” a DOE rep said in a news release.

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