Hamilton County Schools reported two new coronavirus cases among employees, for a total of 13 active employee cases, according to the district's new COVID-19 online data dashboard announced Thursday.
The website includes the number of active, confirmed COVID-19 cases and exposures affecting employees in the school district, as well as the percentage of positive cases for employees by month. The dashboard will also report campuses closed due to COVID-19, according to a news release from the Hamilton County Department of Education.
Information on positive cases in students is not yet available but will be added soon, the release states.
As of Thursday, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) and Loftis Middle were closed for cleaning and contact tracing after positive cases cropped up on those campuses.
On Friday, Barger Academy and Lookout Valley Middle/High will also be closed for cleaning and contact tracing.
"All four facilities will be cleaned and disinfected as a safety precaution. Friday was scheduled to be a remote learning day for all students. All activities planned for tomorrow should be completed remotely with the lesson instructions provided by the student's teacher," the release states. "Barger, CSAS, Loftis, and Lookout Valley will open again on Monday on the regular schedule planned for the week."
The new website also states that 69 people in the district are currently awaiting COVID-19 test results.
Hamilton County Schools said in the news release that the dashboard is an effort "to be as transparent as possible with the public about what is happening in our schools."
"The dashboard webpage has embedded real-time reporting using Google Data Studio. The information will immediately update as it is recorded in the district's data system by HCS personnel. We are working to integrate similar real-time reporting for student data, and we will embed the real-time reporting student dashboard in the coming days," the release states.
It also says that "it is crucial for the health and safety of others that children and staff do not come to school or for parents or visitors to visit the school if you are sick or have felt a need to take a COVID-19 test for which you have not received results. Moreover, no one should come to school if you have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 positive test result."
More information about Hamilton County Schools' reopening plan is available here.
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