School COVID numbers decline

In this May 18, 2021 file photo, fifth graders wearing face masks are seated at proper social distancing spacing in a classroom. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

ASHEBORO — Positive cases and quarantines in schools are on the decline in Randolph County and around the country. In the Asheboro City Schools, 13 positive cases were reported last week resulting in 43 people quarantined. In Randolph County Schools, there were 73 positive cases and 361 people quarantined. Just 10 of the 361 people quarantined were from a school exposure.

Asheboro City Schools reported a 33% reduction in positive cases in the first three weeks of October compared to the first three weeks of September. Randolph County reported a 46% reduction in positive cases during the same period.

Last week Union County, which does not require masks, reported a 65% drop in weekly positive cases from the prior month. Masks are were made optional by Gov. Roy Cooper ahead of the school year. Local school boards are required to revisit mask rules each month. The Cabarrus County Board of Education voted Monday to make masks optional starting next week. Stanly County has scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday that will include a discussion of masks.

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