Skip to main content

Based on data released by the Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday, the largest COVID-19 outbreak reported by a school district this year (since Sept. 5) was a six-week burst at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School. 

According to the data, the middle school located at 901 1st Street South in Sauk Rapids reported 20-29 infections Sept. 5-18, followed by 60-69 more infections Sept. 19-Oct. 2. The school then reported a further 10-19 cases Oct. 3-16 for a total range (specifics are not provided by the state) of 90-117 cases. 

The second largest outbreak, based on the data provided by the health department, took place at New Prague Middle School between Sept. 5 and Oct. 2. The school reported between 60-78 cases (they only provide ranges) during that four-week stretch. 

You can find the data in full right here. Once you get to the link, click "Cases in Pre-K through Grade 12 School Buildings, by County" to see the full list. 

Based on two-week increments, these are the schools that reported the most cases. 

60-69 cases during a two-week period

Sauk-Rapids Rice Middle School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

50-59 cases during a two-week period

No schools meet this criteria

40-49 cases during a two-week period

Forest Lake Area High School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

New Prague Middle School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

30-39 cases during a two-week period

Bagley Secondary School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Blue Earth Area Secondary - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Prairie View Elementary School (Otsego) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Sauk Rapids-Rice Senior High - Sept. 5-18

Zimmerman High School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

20-29 cases during a two-week period

Albany Area Middle School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Anoka Middle School for the Arts - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Avon Elementary - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Bagley Elementary - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Becker Senior High - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Cambridge-Isanti High School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Centennial Middle (Lino Lakes) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Cherry Elementary (Iron) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Cherry Secondary (Iron) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Delano High School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Fairmont High School - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Forestview Middle (Baxter) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Kennedy Elementary (Willmar) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Lakeville South High - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

New Prague Middle - Sept. 5-18

New Prague Senior High - Sept. 5-18 and Sept. 19-Oct. 2

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) Secondary - Oct. 3-16

Owatonna Middle School - Sept. 5-18 and Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Parnassus Preparatory School (Maple Grove) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Pequot Lakes Senior High - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Pleasant View Elementary (Sauk Rapids) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Providence Academy (Plymouth) - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Sauk Centre Middle - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Sauk Centre Secondary - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School - Sept. 5-18

St. Francis Middle - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

St. Michael-Albertville Middle East - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Willmar Senior High - Sept. 19-Oct. 2

Note: There are hundreds of schools that have reported 5-9 or 10-19 cases in a given two-week period. 

Next Up

wright county Sheriff Sean Deringer

Minnesota sheriff bashes MPD, 'disgusted' by officers' actions

The sheriff said he will no longer defend the Minneapolis Police Department.

Screen Shot 2021-12-02 at 7.59.52 AM

More than 2 years after announcing, Duck Donuts finally opens at MOA

The grand opening of the new location took place Wednesday.

unsplash - school girl students

St. Paul is closing 6 schools amid declining enrollment

The board revised the plan after the school communities voiced concerns.

Karl-Anthony Towns

X-rays negative after Karl-Anthony Towns takes scary fall

Towns crashed hard to the ground late in the game Wednesday night.

Minneapolis police

2 more homicides push Minneapolis closer to record set in 1995

The deadly shootings happened on the city's North Side Wednesday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

Related

Classroom

7 Minnesota schools identified as having 5+ cases of COVID-19

Schools are only named if they have had 5+ cases in the past two weeks.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, October 26

The latest data for the pandemic in Minnesota.

covid, schools

COVID-19: 153 cases linked to State Fair; school cases rapidly growing

More than 1,100 school-related cases were reported Monday and Tuesday combined.

Dodge Center

SE MN school district moves to distance learning amid COVID-19 outbreak

The district aims to be back for in-person learning by early next week.

coronavirus, covid-19

Minnesota reports most COVID-19 cases in nearly a year

Tuesday's COVID-19 update will reveal if the high total rolled over into the weekend.

school, school bus, covid

COVID-19 outbreak identified at east-central MN high school

The school says they have been unable to "connect the dots" and trace the cases.

Pexels - mother child mask covid

Closely watching pediatric COVID-19 cases as delta spreads in MN

The state has not yet seen a massive surge in pediatric cases.