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COVID cases drop in Agua Fria, Litchfield Elementary school districts

Both district have dropped their case numbers by half since the end of August

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Reported COVID-19 cases have decreased during the past week-and-a-half at Agua Fria Union High School District and Litchfield Elementary School District.

The decrease in cases comes after both districts implemented separate COVID-19 mitigation policies. 

Agua Fria Union High School District and Litchfield Elementary School District both make COVID case numbers available to the public through their coronavirus dashboards. 

AFUHSD COVID dashboard is updated in real time, while LESD's dashboard is updated every Friday. 

Click the colored pins on  the map below to view COVID case details by campus. Litchfield Elementary School District locations are colored gold; Agua Fria Union High School District locations are colored green. 

Agua Fria Union High School District case count

Agua Fria Union High School District is reporting 56 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday, Sept. 10.

Fourty-six of the reported COVID cases are students and 10 are of staff. 

The district has seen a sharp decline in cases since the end of last month. On Aug. 27, AFUHSD was reporting 142 active COVID cases.

On Aug. 23, the district was required by the Maricopa County Department of Health to enforce quarantine measures for unvaccinated students who have come in "close contact" with  a COVID-positive person. 

READ:  Litchfield Elementary School district to mandate masks but parents can opt-out

Previously, the district did not require students to quarantine even if they had been exposed to COVID-19.

Cases by campus

  • Verrado: 21 total cases; 18 students, 3 staff
  • Agua Fria: 9 total cases; 9 students, 0 staff 
  • Canyon View: 9 total cases; 9 students, 0 staff
  • Desert Edge:  8 total cases; 7 students, 1 staff
  • Millennium: 7 total cases; 3 students, 4 staff
  • Department site (location unspecified): 2 total cases; both cases are staff 

Click here to view the full dashboard. 

Only the Verrado campus saw an increase in cases since Aug. 27, when it was reporting 16 total cases. All AFUHSD campuses are still experiencing outbreaks. A school is said to have an outbreak when two or more students or staff from different households test positive for COVID-19 within a two-week period, according to county health officials.

Litchfield Elementary School District case count

On Friday, Litchfield Elementary School District reported 33 weekly cases and 268 total cases since fall semester began on Aug. 2.

The number of weekly cases is down by about half  in the week ending on Friday Sept. 10 when compared to Aug. 27, when the district was reporting 68 weekly cases. 

LESD is also reporting 127 active quarantine cases. 

District board members voted unanimously on Aug. 17 to mandate masks in schools, leaving parents the choice to opt out. The mandate went into effect Aug. 19, and is set to expire Sept. 28, one day before a statewide ban on mask mandates in public and charter schools goes into effect. 

Cases by campus

  • Litchfield Elementary: 1 total case reported; 2 active quarantine cases
  • Mabel Padgett Elementary: 1 total cases reported; 3 active quarantine cases
  • Verrado Elementary: 2 total cases reported; 4 active quarantine cases
  • Verrado Heritage Elementary: 4 total cases reported; 6 active quarantine cases
  • Belen Soto Elementary: 2 total cases reported;  9 active quarantine cases
  • Dreaming Summit Elementary: 1 total case reported; 4 active quarantine cases
  • Rancho Santa Fe Elementary: 1 total cases reported; 4 active quarantine cases
  • White Tanks Learning Center: 1 total cases reported; 2 active quarantine cases
  • Palm Valley Elementary: 0 total case reported; 2 active quarantine cases
  • Corte Sierra Elementary: 0 total case reported; 7 active quarantine cases
  • Barbara B. Robey Elementary: 7 total case reported; 31 active quarantine cases
  • Scott L. Libby Elementary: 2 total cases reported; 4 active quarantine cases
  • Wigwam Creek Middle School: 2 total cases reported; 15 active quarantine cases
  • L. Thomas Heck Middle School: 3 total case reported; 16 active quarantine cases
  • Verrado Middle School: 3 total cases reported; 6 active quarantine cases
  • Western Sky Middle School: 3 total case reported; 12 active quarantine cases

Click here to view the full dashboard. 

Nine out of the district's 16 schools are experiencing COVID outbreaks. A school is said to have an outbreak when two or more students or staff from different households test positive for COVID-19 within a two-week period, according to county health officials. 

Madeline Ackley can be reached at mackley@iniusa.org or found on Twitter @Mkayackley.

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