COVID case rates slow at local schools and colleges

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Local school districts and colleges have seen a drop in the number of new and active cases of COVID-19 among their students and staff in recent days, according to dashboard updates.

Dutch public schools reported 51 new student cases and six new staff cases in an update released on Friday evening February 4. The number of new student cases is the lowest weekly total for HPS since the week ending Jan. 7.

Among the new cases were 18 students from Holland High and 10 students from West Elementary. For the school year, there were 603 students and 122 staff cases of COVID-19 at HPS.

A dashboard update released by Holland Christian on Monday showed 15 active student cases, including seven at Rose Park Elementary. There were also two active cases of staff in Christian schools in Holland.

There have been 244 student cases and 69 staff cases in the district this year.

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A Black River Public School update released Sunday reported a pair of new cases, both in elementary school. There have been eight cases at BR this month and 232 in total this school year.

Zeeland Public Schools released an update over the weekend reporting 90 active cases in its buildings. There have been 18 cases in Zeeland West, 17 in Creekside Middle, 11 in Roosevelt Elementary and 10 in Zeeland East.

ZPS has reported 915 cases of COVID-19 so far this school year.

Zeeland Public Schools reported 90 active cases of COVID-19 in its latest update.

Fennville Public Schools posted a letter on the district’s website Friday night reporting 10 new cases, including nine students. Four of the student cases were in elementary school, three in middle school and two in high school.

For the school year, FPS reported 137 total cases among its students and staff.

Eagle Crest Charter Academy reported two new cases over the weekend, bringing the total for the school year to 103. Vanderbilt Charter Academy reported one new case on Monday, bringing the school to 67 for the school year.

Hope College reported 17 students and nine staff in isolation due to COVID-19 Monday morning. There have been 590 student cases at Hope this semester.

There were 249 active cases at Grand Valley State University Monday morning, up from 385 reported last Friday. Active cases include 76 students living off campus in Ottawa County, 57 students living off campus in Kent County, 46 students living on campus, and 51 faculty and staff.

Grand Valley’s seven-day average for new cases per day was 29.86 per day in Monday’s update.

The weekly report update on school-related outbreaks in the state was not released as of 3:45 p.m. Monday.

— Contact journalist Mitchell Boatman at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @SentinelMitch.

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