AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Independent School District has released details on how many district community members tested positive for the coronavirus during post-holiday testing.
Last week, Austin ISD offered three days of drive-through rapid COVID-19 testing after Thanksgiving break.
In a Monday night board meeting, Dr. Stephanie Elizalde reported more than 1,700 individuals, including staff, students and family members were tested. Of those, 43 people tested positive for COVID-19:
- Employees – 15
- In-person students – 15
- Virtual students – 4
- Family – 9
Elizalde also said those quarantining will still have to do so for a full 14 days, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new recommendation that decreases quarantine time to 10 days.
Teachers and district staff could also get vaccines by mid-spring, according to Elizalde. She explained she has been “successful” in lobbying to get educational workers vaccines after healthcare workers.
Elizalde also announced a hotline for teachers and staff to discuss their accommodation process, which is expected to be up and running Tuesday.