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Schools in Chico seeing drop in COVID-19 cases

Schools in Chico are seeing the lowest number of COVID-19 cases since reopening in August, Rosedale Elementary says it hasn't had a case in weeks.

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 6:47 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Some Chico schools are seeing the lowest number of cases in teachers and students since reopening full-time in August.

A few schools, like Rosedale Elementary school Principal, have zero coronavirus cases at this time.

Jo Ann Bettencourt says they haven't seen a COVID-19 case in a couple of weeks.

“I think it’s also a reflection of the community and the hard work everyone in the community has been doing,” Bettencourt said.

Out of around 14,000 people district-wide there are 34 student and seven staff cases at this time.

Parent, Marlia Espinal says she was nervous when schools first reopened full-time.

“I think we were all a little apprehensive, but all the kids are happy to be at school, I think. I’m happy to have them here and glad to know they're taking those precautions,” Espinal said.

“Having them back full-time has been amazing, we're hoping someday we won't have to wear the masks and be back to normal but in the meantime, we're happy to be here and we'll take what we can get,” she added.

Bettencourt says 99% of staff at Rosedale are fully vaccinated. Those who aren't will begin weekly testing in a few days.

The Chico Unified School District says COVID-19 testing sites have opened on every campus this week for employees only.

Eventually, they will open up the sites to students who need testing as well.

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