COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- More than 50 students at schools, daycares and sports clubs around El Paso County are listed in Colorado's latest COVID-19 outbreak report.
The new data, released Wednesday, shows that several students at more than a dozen schools have contracted COVID-19, landing the schools on the outbreak list. It also shows that four daycares centers and two youth sports facilities also have outbreaks among children.
El Paso County Public Health responded to the growing outbreaks in the following statement:
"There has been a recent increase in outbreaks associated with schools and school activities such as sports. Locally we saw a substantial decline in school-related outbreaks over the winter break due to students and staff not being in schools, as well as the lengthening of the holiday vacation for many local schools.
The move from more restrictive levels to less restrictive, the allowance of sports, as well as the increased interactions inherent in schools have all contributed to the increase in outbreaks associated with schools. That said, schools do have stronger reporting requirements than other establishments, and due to this, school outbreaks may be reported more frequently than other facilities. Although there is an increase in school outbreak data, it doesn't necessarily mean that is the only place where outbreaks are occurring in our community."
Here's the list of youth-related facilities in El Paso County with active outbreaks as of Wednesday, February 17, 2021:
- Cheyenne Mountain High School: February 2021
- Turman Elementary School
- Falcon High School: February 2021
- Fountain- Fort Carson High School: February 2021
- Ellicott Middle School
- Thomas MacLaren School: February 2021
- Calhan School District Eastern Plains Career Accelerator
- Rogers Elementary School
- Ellicott Elementary
- Hope Montessori Academy- Stetson Hills
- Patriot Elementary School: January 2021
- Sand Creek High School
- Palmer Ridge High School: January 2021
- The Classical Academy North Secondary School: January 2021
- Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy - Middle School
It's important to note that each facility only has a handful of cases, but the overall number of cases in children tied to these outbreaks is growing.
We're working on getting more information about what the county is doing to keep students safe as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released plans to fully reopen schools. Watch KRDO tonight at 5 p.m. for the full story, and check back for updates.