95 Minnesota schools have 5+ COVID cases, 2 more school staffers die

There have been 10 school employees who have died from COVID during the pandemic.

The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows there are now 95 schools in Minnesota that have reported five or more COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks.

The figures released Thursday show a dramatic increase in the number of schools experiencing COVID cases. The 95 schools named on the list (which you can see below) compared to just 26 schools that were listed as of Monday.

The state's weekly update meanwhile has revealed that cases of COVID-19 among school students and staff is also rising, with 859 cases as of the week ending Sept. 18, up from 820 infections the week before.

What's more, the data shows there have been two more COVID-19 deaths among school staff members reported between Sept. 12 and 18. An additional six school employees entered the ICU with COVID during that week, and 18 more were hospitalized.

There were no additional student deaths or any requiring the ICU for COVID during that period, though six students were hospitalized with the virus.

The virus has thus far forced some schools to enter virtual learning, with an elementary school in Chisholm sending several grades home for distance learning due to COVID outbreaks, while Edison High School in Minneapolis has gone virtual until early October.

The weekly report shows that cases have been rising since school restarted, albeit not to the rate they were at during last November's peak or the spring surge.

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The schools with COVID outbreaks includes a mixture of high schools whose students are eligible for the COVID vaccine and elementary schools where students are not eligible.

Here's the list of schools with five or more COVID cases during the past two weeks.

Anoka Andover Elementary, Andover

Anoka Blaine High School, Blaine

Anoka Blue Heron Elementary, Lino Lakes

Anoka DaVinci Academy, Ham Lake

Anoka Rice Lake Elementary, Lino Lakes

Benton Sauk Rapids-Rice Senior High, Sauk Rapids

Brown New Ulm High School, New Ulm

Carver Bayview Elementary, Waconia

Carver Bluff Creek Elementary, Chanhassen

Carver Chanhassen High School, Chanhassen

Carver Chaska Middle School West, Chaska

Carver Southview Elementary, Waconia

Carver Southwest Christian High School, Chaska

Carver St. John's Lutheran School, Chaska

Carver Waconia Middle School, Waconia

Clay Horizon Middle School, Moorhead

Crow Wing Brainerd Senior High, Brainerd

Crow Wing Eagle View Elementary, Breezy Point

Crow Wing Pequot Lakes Senior High, Pequot Lakes

Dakota Farmington High School, Farmington

Dakota Meadowview Elementary, Farmington

Dakota Pinewood El., Eagan

Dakota St. Croix Lutheran, West St. Paul

Dakota Valley Middle, Apple Valley

Dakota Woodland Elementary, Eagan

Freeborn Albert Lea High School, Albert Lea

Freeborn Lakeview Elementary, Albert Lea

Hennepin Barton Open Elementary, Minneapolis

Hennepin Champlin Park High School, Champlin

Hennepin Creek Valley Elementary, Edina

Hennepin Dayton Elementary, Dayton

Hennepin Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion, Eden Prairie

Hennepin Edison Senior High, Minneapolis

Hennepin Fernbrook Elementary, Maple Grove

Hennepin Hmong International Academy, Minneapolis

Hennepin Jackson Middle, Champlin

Hennepin Jefferson Elementary, Minneapolis

Hennepin Maple Grove Senior High, Maple Grove

Hennepin Oak Point Elementary, Eden Prairie

Hennepin Parnassus Preparatory School, Maple Grove

Hennepin Providence Academy, Plymouth

Hennepin Redeemer Christian Academy, Wayzata

Hennepin Robbinsdale Cooper Senior High, New Hope

Hennepin Rogers Senior High, Rogers

Hennepin Sanford Middle, Minneapolis

Hennepin St. Charles Borromeo, Saint Anthony

Hennepin St. John's Lutheran, Corcoran

Hennepin Wayzata High, Plymouth

Hennepin Yinghua Academy, Minneapolis

Houston Caledonia Elementary, Caledonia

Houston Houston Secondary, Houston

Houston Spring Grove Secondary, Spring Grove

Isanti Cambridge-Isanti High School, Cambridge

Itasca Bigfork Secondary, Bigfork

Koochiching Falls Secondary, International Falls

Koochiching Littlefork-Big Falls Elementary, Littlefork

Lake of The

Woods Lake of The Woods Elementary, Baudette

Lyon Minneota Secondary, Minneota

McLeod Hutchinson Park Elementary, Hutchinson

Mower Austin Senior High, Austin

Mower I.J. Holton Intermediate School, Austin

Nicollet Nicollet Senior High School, Nicollet

Nicollet St. Peter Middle School, Saint Peter

Olmsted Bamber Valley Elementary, Rochester

Olmsted Bishop Elementary, Rochester

Olmsted Century Senior High, Rochester

Olmsted Kellogg Middle, Rochester

Olmsted Sunset Terrace Elementary, Rochester

Olmsted Willow Creek Middle, Rochester

Ramsey North Senior High, North Saint Paul

Ramsey Roseville Area Senior High, Roseville

Ramsey White Bear South Campus Senior, White Bear Lake

Redwood Redwood Valley Middle, Redwood Falls

Roseau Roseau Elementary, Roseau

Scott Falcon Ridge, New Prague

Scott Jordan High School, Jordan

Scott Jordan Middle, Jordan

Scott New Prague Middle School, New Prague

Scott New Prague Senior High, New Prague

Scott Shakopee High School, Shakopee

Sherburne Zimmerman Middle, Zimmerman

Stearns Oak Hill Community Elementary, Saint Cloud

Stearns Prince of Peace Lutheran School, Saint Cloud

Steele Blooming Prairie Elementary, Blooming Prairie

Steele Owatonna Middle School, Owatonna

Steele Owatonna Middle School, Owatonna

Steele Owatonna Senior High, Owatonna

Steele Washington Elementary, Owatonna

Steele Wilson Elementary, Owatonna

Washington Skyview Community Elementary, Oakdale

Washington Stillwater Area High School, Stillwater

Watonwan St. Paul's Lutheran, Saint James

Winona Winona Middle, Winona

Wright Monticello Senior High, Monticello

Wright Tatanka Elementary STEM School, Buffalo

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