123 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cy-Fair ISD schools March 1-7

More COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Cy-Fair ISD last week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
More COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Cy-Fair ISD last week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

More COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Cy-Fair ISD last week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Officials in Cy-Fair ISD reported 123 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on campuses March 1-7, including 44 staff members and 79 students across the district.

This brings the district’s total number of cases reported since the start of the 2020-21 school year to 3,356. As of March 8, CFISD reported 146 active cases and 3,210 recoveries.

Bridgeland High School was the campus with the highest number of new cases confirmed in the past week with two employees and nine students.

The Texas Education Agency requires public school districts throughout the state to submit a weekly report detailing the number of test-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and employees who participate in any on-campus activity. This data does not include students learning remotely and may not include those who test positive while in quarantine if they were not on campus during their infectious period.

Weekly data is shown below, and campus-specific data can be found here.

CFISD =released a LEAD Safely update March 5 saying health and hygiene precautions laid out in the plan will continue despite Gov. Greg Abbott's lifting of the statewide mask mandate effective March 10.

"Masks are one of the many protective measures (desk shields, hand washing, sanitization of classrooms and buses, distancing, etc.) in place that have allowed us to keep our schools open, ensure student and staff safety, and continue academic and extracurricular activities. These protective measures are all taken into consideration when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 to determine who are identified as close contacts and must quarantine during the contact tracing process. Removal of any of our measures (such as masks) would result in more students and staff quarantined," the district's statement said.

CFISD students and staff members who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are eligible for free rapid testing services at the site where Windfern High School was formerly located, 12630 Windfern Road, Houston, on weekdays from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

A student ID or employee badge is required to receive one of these free tests, and students under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian. See additional requirements here.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.