COVID-19 cases in Canyons School District climb to 83 over past 2 weeks

Corner Canyon High School in Draper is pictured on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

Corner Canyon High School in Draper is pictured on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Just hours before the Canyons School District Board of Education is scheduled to review the district’s reopening plan, the Salt Lake County Health Department released updated data Tuesday that shows there have been 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the school district over the past two weeks.

On Monday, the health department dashboard indicated there were 61 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days associated with the Canyons School District. A day later, it jumped by 22.

It is the highest number of cases over the past 14 days among the five school districts in Salt Lake County. Canyons District serves about 34,178 students, according to 2019 state fall enrollment figures.

Granite School District, with 63,989 students, according to 2019 state figures, had 47 cases the past 14 days. Jordan School District serves 56,339 students, according to 2019 enrollment numbers. It had 61 cases over the same period.

Murray School District, with some 6,300 students, had four new cases during the 14-day window, while Salt Lake City School District, which is on full remote learning, had 12. Its 2019 state headcount was just over 22,000 students.

On Friday, a spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with Corner Canyon High School resulted in the school switching to a split schedule to reduce the number of students in the building at one time.

On Friday, there were 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the Draper high school over the past 14 days, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department. The vast majority of cases were among students. Some 2,300 students attend the school.

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On Tuesday, health department officials declined to provide further breakdowns of cases by specific schools or how many are students or adults.

Confirmed cases associated with a school include anyone who had in-person contact at a school for at least 15 minutes over the past 14 days from the time county health authorities become aware of the case.

The split schedule at Corner Canyon High School was implemented Tuesday. In-person learning could resume by Sept. 21, according to an email sent to Corner Canyon High School families Friday night. However it also cautioned that if cases associated with the school continue to rise, the schedule could remain intact “or other additional precautionary measures may need to be taken with the guidance of the Salt Lake County Health Department.”

This story will be updated.

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