Active COVID-19 Cases Among Richardson ISD Students Rise After Recent Decline

Richardson ISD reports a total of 1,430 cases of COVID-19 among college students.

The district registered 61 active cases among students and 10 among employees this week. Last week the total number of active student affairs was 39.

RISD COVID-19 cases peaked early in the school year, with 525 cases reported two weeks into the new school year. School officials announced in October that a Richardson ISD student and a staff member died of complications from COVID-19.

RISD has decided that mouth caps are no longer necessary in secondary schools and central buildings as of November 3. The decision came as a result of declining case numbers at the time. After the winter break, mouth caps are no longer necessary at RISD primary schools.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed lawsuits against Richardson ISD and others, which is keeping its promise to sue school districts that mandate masks.

About 3.80% of the 37,638 students tested positive this school year. Workforce cases are slightly higher, at about 3.86%, with 283 members of the 7,327 testing positive.

Richardson ISD’s dashboard shows a current snapshot of conditions at the district’s schools, while state data has been delayed by a week. Texas officials emphasize that state data should be used as a historical reference to provide broad trends.

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