COVID-19 cases on the rise in GCISD; on-campus transmission remains low

Coronavirus cases in GCISD are reportedly on the rise, according to the district's health service director. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Coronavirus cases in GCISD are reportedly on the rise, according to the district's health service director. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Coronavirus cases in GCISD are reportedly on the rise, according to the district's health service director. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The positivity rate for COVID-19 cases in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is on the rise, according to the district’s latest health services report.

On Oct. 26, GCISD Director of Health Services Amy Talbo informed the school board the district is seeing an increase in all five metrics established by Tarrant County public health officials for safe in-person learning.

The five metrics currently set by Tarrant County include a positivity rate under 10%, a rate of reported cases under 2,000 a week and a hospitalization rate under 10%.

Health officials also have to track the percentage of illnesses similar to COVID-19, as well as the overall case count.

According to Talbo, the positivity rate in the district has increased by 3% since September, and the number of new positive cases reported each week has doubled in the last month.


“I am kind of sad to report that we are seeing an increase in all five metrics," Talbo said. "In September, we were at 2,431 [reported cases], and in October, we were at 4,518 [reported cases]."

There is also an increase in reported cases in the district for kids age 15 and younger, she said. From July to October, the number of reported cases for children in that age group has increased from 5% to 7% of the student population. At the county level, the number of COVID-19 cases for individuals ages 15-24 has only gone up 1% during that same time period.

Despite the rise in reported COVID-19 cases, Talbo said GCISD schools are still seeing a low transmission rate on campus and that the majority of reported cases have come from at-home transmission.

“What we have seen are some of those [transmissions] are siblings of positive cases," she said. "We are not having a lot of spread within classrooms, within grades, within campuses."

Since Sept. 14, there have been 68 test-confirmed COVID-19 student cases and 21 test-confirmed COVID-19 staff cases in GCISD.

Of those 68 student cases, 43 were students taking part in in-person learning, 18 were students in remote learning and a total of seven positive results were from students involved in remote learning and some type of extracurricular activity.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


MOST RECENT

Tarrant County total tax rate for fiscal year 2022 includes a maintenance and operation rate of $0.213553 per $100 valuation and a debt service rate of $0.015447 per $100 valuation. (Courtesy Pexels)
Tarrant County commissioners approve fiscal year 2021-22 tax rates

The Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a total tax rate of $0.229000 per $100 valuation for Tarrant County in fiscal year 2022 on Sept. 14.

Residents are encouraged to stand along roadways and wave U.S. flags as the motorcade for the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients approaches. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Motorcade for Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to include local police, fire departments

The motorcade on Sept. 22 will begin at DFW International Airport and travel north through Denton County to Gainesville.

Kyodai Handroll & Sushi Bar features fatty salmon sashimi. (Courtesy Kyodai Handroll & Sushi Bar)
Kyodai Handroll & Sushi Bar opens in Fort Worth; Plano joins peanut butter drive and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court discussed the possibility of a vaccine incentive program Sept. 14. No decision has been made yet. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tarrant County Commissioners Court considers vaccine incentive program

The proposal—which would incentivize vaccinations with cash cards valued between $50 and $100—received a mixed response from the court, with several logistic items that would still need to be resolved.

Vineyard Vines in Grapevine has closed. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vineyard Vines clothing store in Grapevine has closed

The Vineyard Vines store inside Grapevine Mills Mall closed in early September. No specific reason was given for the closure.

Hoots Wings offers five cooking options and 14 sauces and dry rubs to choose from. (Courtesy Leah Trice of Fishman Public Relations)
Hooters spinoff opens in Fort Worth; Worth the Pour liquor store now serving Castle Hills and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Fort Worth, the county seat, grew from 741,206 people in the 2010 census to 918,915 in the 2020 census. (Courtesy of Trinity Metro)
Tarrant County's census data shows growth in population, diversity

Tarrant County's population increased 16.7% from 2010 to 2020.

Owner Paola Pedrignani said the restaurant is looking to open in November. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New Italian restaurant Stella Trattoria aims for fall opening in Southlake Town Square

Located on State Street, Stella Trattoria is looking to bring authentic Italian recipes to Southlake Town Square

Muchacho Comida Tex-Mex is now open in Southlake. (Courtesy Muchacho Comida Tex-Mex)
Chef Omar Flores' new restaurant Muchacho now open in Southlake

The much-anticipated Muchacho Comida Tex-Mex from chef Omar Flores is now open in Southlake Town Square.

Plans have been filed to construct a new Chick-fil-A restaurant at 1201 W. Main St. in Lewisville. (Courtesy Chick-fil-A)
Chick-fil-A coming to Lewisville; holiday decor shop opens in Grapevine and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The facility would serve as an alternative for local law enforcement officers who encounter people suffering from mental illness or a mental health episode. Oftentimes, officers end up charging such people with low-level offenses. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Officials call proposed mental health jail diversion center in Tarrant County 'a win for everybody’

The facility would serve as an alternative for local law enforcement officers who encounter people suffering from mental illness or a mental health episode.