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San Tan Valley school district sees rapid climb in cases

The cases are concentrated at two schools.
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SAN TAN VALLEY, Arizona — J.O. Combs Unified School District is reporting more than 60 positive COVID cases between Ellsworth Elementary and Combs High schools.  There are now 61 cases in the entire district; yesterday there were 33.

A total of 34 positive cases were identified at Ellsworth Elementary and 16 at Combs High School, according to an update of the school's COVID dashboard Wednesday afternoon. The rest of the cases are scattered in ones and twos throughout the district's schools. 

The cases at Ellsworth Elementary School involve ten classrooms, a district spokesperson said. 

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The district says a vast majority of the active cases involve students but due to privacy restrictions the exact ratio of cases amongst staff and students can not be released.

The district on Friday said all 5th and 6th-grade students at Ellsworth will move to remote learning the week of Aug. 9-13.

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School officials say in addition to sending out daily exposure and close contact notifications they are awaiting guidance from the Pinal County Public Health Department for outbreak designations.  

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