After school activities, not classes, leading to COVID spread in schools, Austin Health officials say

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September 30, 2020 - 6:11 am
Coronavirus COVID-19

AUSTIN ( -- Austin health officials say they're continuing to see signs of COVID-19 cases related to after-school activities, but in-person classes have been nearly problem-free so far.

Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott gave his weekly update to Travis County Commissioners Tuesday.

"Those extracurricular activities where we are seeing clusters are football programs, band programs, and cheerleading programs," Escott told commissioners. "It’s generally because those activities are not amenable to distancing and masking."

According to data from Austin Public Health, one new case of COVID-19 was reported last week by a school district. A total of 24 cases have been reported since the school year began.

"I have been pleased with what our superintendents have done to be more conservative in terms of reopening schools than any other jurisdiction that I am aware of in the state of Texas," Escott said.

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