Wed, 30 Sep 2020

HOUSTON, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. state of Louisiana is tracking seven COVID-19 outbreaks tied to schools and colleges, local media reported Wednesday.

Figures from Louisiana Department of Health showed that there are four outbreaks linked to colleges and three tied to primary and secondary schools. Data shows that 151 cases are connected to those college outbreaks, and 17 cases are being attributed to outbreaks at primary and secondary schools.

State officials said an outbreak is defined as two or more cases among unrelated individuals that have visited a site within a 14-day period, local TV station WBRZ2 reported, adding that the state started tracking groupings of coronavirus cases at schools this week.

School has resumed in many parishes across Louisiana within the past week, said the report. Some school systems are already holding in-person classes while others chose to stay completely virtual for the first several weeks of the semester.

Louisiana Department of Education has created an email recently for parents to report concerns about schools not complying with the state's in-person instruction safety guidelines.

According to the department's record, so far there are five schools where parents have filed complaints related to the violation of COVID-19 safety standards.

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