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Hundreds of Utah students quarantined amid COVID-19 outbreaks

Posted at 7:24 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 09:24:18-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of Utah students are quarantined as of Friday morning as COVID-19 cases develop in several school districts.

More than 500 students in the Jordan School District are quarantining due to exposure to the disease.

A district spokesperson says 19 students and one employee have tested positive for the virus.

It said four classes have been quarantined, but didn’t say which classes they were, nor which schools are involved.

The Granite School District has launched a dashboard to show how many students or staff members have contracted COVID-19.

District spokesman Ben Horsley tells our content sharing partners at the Salt Lake Tribune that the purpose is to help parents decide if they want to send their kids to in-person classes.

“We’ve known the whole time we were going to have cases in schools,” Horsley said. “We’re looking at being a little more transparent about it, though.”

So far, Granite has reported 46 total cases.

On Thursday, 100 students at Sand Ridge Junior High in Roy were forced to quarantine after a positive test there.

In schools across the state there have been a total of 26 outbreaks and 140 cases of COVID-19 with a median age of 17.

The state defines an outbreak as two or more cases outside of a household within 14 days.