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Huge spike in COVID-19 cases among Minnesota preK-12 students, school workers

More than 2,200 new cases have been reported among K-12 students and staffers in the past week.

The number of COVID-19 cases among Minnesota's preK-12 students and staff members has reached the highest level its been at any point during the pandemic.

The latest weekly COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows an additional 2,248 cases of the virus in preK-12 buildings, of which 1,918 are among students and 330 are among staff.

The past week has also seen an additional 10 school staff members and nine students hospitalized with the virus, and one staffer and one student in the ICU.

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In the week between Sept. 12 and 18, cases increased 160% among students compared to a week before, suggesting exponential growth of cases in schools, which in turn could have a knock-on effect in wider communities, particularly those with low vaccination rates.

An increasingly noticeable trend in recent weeks is that Greater Minnesota – where vaccination rates are typically lower compared to the Twin Cities metro – is now seeing the greatest number of cases and deaths from the virus.

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In the figures released Thursday by MDH, only 36.6% of the 2,874 new cases of COVID-19 came from the seven-county metro, which comprises 55.5% of Minnesota's total population.

In last week's update, the MDH had identified 95 schools where there were five or more cases of COVID-19. Now there are 231, of which 105 are in the seven-county Twin Cities metro.

Here's the full list of schools with 5+ cases.

Anoka Andover Elementary, Andover

Anoka Anoka High School, Anoka

Anoka Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Anoka

Anoka Avail Academy (Blaine K-8 Campus), Blaine

Anoka Blaine High School, Blaine

Anoka Blue Heron Elementary, Lino Lakes

Anoka Cedar Creek Elementary School, Cedar

Anoka Centennial High School, Circle Pines

Anoka Centennial Middle, Lino Lakes

Anoka Coon Rapids High School, Coon Rapids

Anoka DaVinci Academy, Ham Lake

Anoka Northdale Middle, Coon Rapids

Anoka PACT Charter School, Ramsey

Anoka Park Terrace Elementary, Spring Lake Park

Anoka Rice Lake Elementary, Lino Lakes

Anoka St. Francis High, Saint Francis

Anoka St. Francis Middle, Saint Francis

Anoka Sunrise Elementary, Blaine

Anoka University Elementary, Blaine

Beltrami Blackduck Secondary, Blackduck

Benton Riverview Intermediate School, Sartell

Benton Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School, Sauk Rapids

Benton Sauk Rapids-Rice Senior High, Sauk Rapids

Blue Earth Mankato East Senior High, Mankato

Blue Earth Mankato West Senior High, Mankato

Brown Jefferson Elementary, New Ulm

Brown New Ulm High School, New Ulm

Brown New Ulm Middle School, New Ulm

Carver Bayview Elementary, Waconia

Carver Bluff Creek Elementary, Chanhassen

Carver Chanhassen High School, Chanhassen

Carver Chapel Hill Academy, 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 High School, Waconia

Carver Waconia Middle School, Waconia

Carver Watertown Mayer High, Watertown

Carver Watertown-Mayer Elementary School, Watertown

Carver Watertown-Mayer Middle, Watertown

Cass Cass Lake-Bena Middle School, Cass Lake

Chippewa Montevideo Middle, Montevideo

Chippewa SWWC ELC - Montevideo, Montevideo

Chisago North Branch Senior High, North Branch

Chisago Taylors Falls Elementary, Taylors Falls

Clay Horizon Middle School, Moorhead

Clay Moorhead High School, Moorhead

Clay Robert Asp Elementary, Moorhead

Clay S.G.Reinertsen Elementary, Moorhead

Clearwater Bagley Elementary, Bagley

Clearwater Bagley Secondary, Bagley

Crow Wing Brainerd Senior High, Brainerd

Crow Wing Eagle View Elementary, Breezy Point

Crow Wing Forestview Middle, Baxter

Crow Wing Pequot Lakes Middle, Pequot Lakes

Crow Wing Pequot Lakes Senior High, Pequot Lakes

Dakota Apple Valley Senior High, Apple Valley

Dakota Cedar Park Elementary, Apple Valley

Dakota Echo Park Elementary, 

Dakota Farmington High School, Farmington

Dakota Hastings Middle School, Hastings

Dakota Kaposia Education Center Elementary, South Saint Paul

Dakota Meadowview Elementary, Farmington

Dakota Pinewood El., Eagan

Dakota St. Croix Lutheran, West St. Paul

Dakota Valley Middle, Apple Valley

Dakota Woodland Elementary, Eagan

Dodge Kasson-Mantorville Middle School, Kasson

Dodge Kasson-Mantorville Senior High, Kasson

Freeborn Albert Lea High School, Albert Lea

Freeborn Halverson Elementary, Albert Lea

Freeborn Lakeview Elementary, Albert Lea

Hennepin Anthony Middle School, Minneapolis

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 Earle Brown Elementary, Brooklyn Center

Hennepin Edison Senior High, Minneapolis

Hennepin Fernbrook Elementary, Maple Grove

Hennepin Glen Lake Elementary, Minnetonka

Hennepin Hmong International Academy, Minneapolis

Hennepin Jackson Middle, Champlin

Hennepin Jefferson Elementary, Minneapolis

Hennepin Kenny Elementary, Minneapolis

Hennepin Maple Grove Middle School, Maple Grove

Hennepin Maple Grove Senior High, Maple Grove

Hennepin Marcy Open Elementary, Minneapolis

Hennepin Minnehaha Academy Mid & Lower Schools, Minneapolis

Hennepin Minnetonka Senior High, Minnetonka

Hennepin Oak Point Elementary, Eden Prairie

Hennepin Parnassus Preparatory School, Maple Grove

Hennepin Peter Hobart Elementary, Saint Louis Park

Hennepin Providence Academy, Plymouth

Hennepin Redeemer Christian Academy, Wayzata

Hennepin Richfield Senior High, Richfield

Hennepin Robbinsdale Armstrong Senior High, Plymouth

Hennepin Robbinsdale Cooper Senior High, New Hope

Hennepin Rogers Senior High, Rogers

Hennepin Sanford Middle, Minneapolis

Hennepin SB Maranatha Christian Academy, Brooklyn Park

Hennepin Southwest High School, Minneapolis

Hennepin St. Charles Borromeo, Saint Anthony

Hennepin St. John's Lutheran, Corcoran

Hennepin Twin Cities International Schools, Minneapolis

Hennepin Washburn Senior High, Minneapolis

Hennepin Wayzata High, Plymouth

Hennepin Weaver Lake Science Math & Technology School, Maple Grove

Hennepin Yinghua Academy, Minneapolis

Houston Caledonia Elementary, Caledonia

Houston Caledonia Elementary, Caledonia

Houston Houston Secondary, Houston

Houston La Crescent Senior High, La Crescent

Houston La Crescent-Hokah Elementary, La Crescent

Houston Spring Grove Secondary, Spring Grove

Hubbard Nevis Elementary, Nevis

Hubbard Park Rapids Area Century Elementary, Park Rapids

Isanti Cambridge-Isanti High School, Cambridge

Itasca Bigfork Elementary, Bigfork

Itasca Bigfork Secondary, Bigfork

Kandiyohi MACCRAY East Elementary, Raymond

Kandiyohi Willmar Senior High, Willmar

Koochiching Falls Elementary, International Falls

Koochiching Falls Secondary, International Falls

Koochiching Littlefork-Big Falls Elementary, Littlefork

Lake of The Woods Lake of The Woods Elementary, Baudette

Lyon Minneota Elementary, Minneota

Lyon Minneota Secondary, Minneota

Marshall Warren Elementary, Warren

Marshall Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Secondary, Warren

Martin Fairmont Elementary School, Fairmont

Martin Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School, Fairmont

McLeod Hutchinson Middle, Hutchinson

McLeod Hutchinson Park Elementary, Hutchinson

McLeod Hutchinson Senior High, Hutchinson

McLeod Hutchinson West Elementary, Hutchinson

Meeker A.C.G.C. Secondary, Grove City

Meeker Eden Valley Secondary, Eden Valley

Mille Lacs Milaca Elementary, Milaca

Mille Lacs Princeton Middle School, Princeton

Morrison Little Falls Senior High, Little Falls

Mower Austin Senior High, Austin

Mower I.J. Holton Intermediate School, Austin

Mower Sacred Heart, Adams

Mower Southgate Elementary, Austin

Nicollet Nicollet Senior High School, Nicollet

Nicollet St. Peter High School, Saint Peter

Nicollet St. Peter Middle School, Saint Peter

Olmsted Bamber Valley Elementary, Rochester

Olmsted Bishop Elementary, Rochester

Olmsted Byron Primary School, Byron

Olmsted Century Senior High, Rochester

Olmsted Holy Spirit, Rochester

Olmsted John Adams Middle, Rochester

Olmsted John Marshall Senior High, Rochester

Olmsted Kellogg Middle, Rochester

Olmsted Longfellow Choice Elementary, Rochester

Olmsted Stewartville Middle, Stewartville

Olmsted Sunset Terrace Elementary, Rochester

Olmsted Willow Creek Middle, Rochester

Otter Tail Heart of The Lake Elementary, Perham

Otter Tail Viking Elementary School, Pelican Rapids

Pennington Franklin Middle, Thief River Falls

Ramsey Community School of Excellence, St. Paul

Ramsey Hmong College Prep Academy, Saint Paul

Ramsey Matoska International, White Bear Lake

Ramsey North Senior High, North Saint Paul

Ramsey Roseville Area Senior High, Roseville

Ramsey St. Anthony Park Elementary, Saint Paul

Ramsey White Bear North Campus Senior, White Bear Lake

Ramsey White Bear South Campus Senior, White Bear Lake

Red Lake Red Lake County Central High School, Oklee

Redwood Cedar Mountain Secondary, Morgan

Redwood Redwood Valley Middle, Redwood Falls

Redwood Walnut Grove Elementary, Walnut Grove

Rock Luverne Senior High, Luverne

Roseau Roseau Elementary, Roseau

Saint Louis North Woods Secondary, Cook

Scott Eagle View, Elko New Market

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 Raven Stream Elementary, New Prague

Scott Shakopee High School, Shakopee

Scott Shakopee West Middle School, Shakopee

Sherburne Becker Middle, Becker

Sherburne Spectrum High School, Elk River

Sherburne Zimmerman High School, Zimmerman

Sherburne Zimmerman Middle, Zimmerman

Stearns Avon Elementary, Avon

Stearns Eden Valley Elementary, Eden Valley

Stearns Oak Hill Community Elementary, Saint Cloud

Stearns Prince of Peace Lutheran School, Saint Cloud

Stearns Rocori Senior High, Cold Spring

Stearns Sartell Middle, Sartell

Stearns Sartell Senior High, Sartell

Stearns Sauk Centre Secondary, Sauk Centre

Stearns Technical Senior High, Saint Cloud

Steele Blooming Prairie Elementary, Blooming Prairie

Steele Owatonna Middle School, Owatonna

Steele Owatonna Senior High, Owatonna

Steele Washington Elementary, Owatonna

Steele Wilson Elementary, Owatonna

Todd Long Prairie-Grey Secondary School, Long Prairie

Wadena Sebeka Secondary, Sebeka

Waseca NRHEG Secondary, New Richland

Waseca Waseca Junior High, Waseca

Waseca Waseca Senior High, Waseca

Washington Forest Lake Area Community School, Forest Lake

Washington Forest Lake Area High School, Forest Lake

Washington Mahtomedi Senior High, Mahtomedi

Washington Oneka Elementary School, Hugo

Washington Park High School, Cottage Grove

Washington Scandia Elementary, Scandia

Washington Skyview Community Elementary, Oakdale

Washington Stillwater Area High School, Stillwater

Washington Wyoming Elementary, Wyoming

Watonwan St. Paul's Lutheran, Saint James

Wilkin Rothsay Elementary, Rothsay

Winona Lewiston-Altura Secondary, Lewiston

Winona Winona Middle, Winona

Wright Annandale Elementary School, Annandale

Wright Buffalo Senior High, Buffalo

Wright Delano High School, Delano

Wright Monticello Senior High, Monticello

Wright Prairie View Middle School, Otsego

Wright St. Michael-Albertville Senior High, Saint Michael

Wright Tatanka Elementary STEM School, Buffalo

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