Coronavirus outbreaks in L.A. schools increase, some tied to athletic activities

Los Angeles County recorded eight coronavirus outbreaks last week in its K-12 schools — up from three the previous week. The latest outbreaks led to 72 student infections, an increase from 40 the week before.

But in a sign that school-based COVID-19 safety measures are showing promise, fewer students and staff were exposed to the coronavirus in these outbreaks: 211 people were exposed last week, down from 238 in the prior week — the same week that classes began in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest in the nation.

“This most likely reflects improved understanding of who is exposed, and great work by schools working to mitigate exposures and unnecessary quarantine of students by using cohorting, distancing strategies and seating charts in their classrooms,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. Click here to read more: