The Tuscaloosa County School System released its first COVID-19 data of the 2021-2022 school year, and numbers show 10% of the student body of Northside High tested positive for the virus within two weeks.

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49 of Northside's 488 students tested positive for the virus between August 24 and August 31.

"The system-wide percentage of student positives for the 8/24 to 8/31 time period is 2.2 percent," TCSS said in an update shared Thursday.

The school system shared a school-by-school breakdown of cases but did not reveal the same for its faculty and staff.

"The chart does not currently include percentage of faculty/staff who are positive for COVID-19. However, TCSS has approximately 2,300 faculty/staff members. The 48 positive cases noted in the chart equate to 2.1 percent of TCSS faculty/staff," TCSS said.

The school system, which currently does not have a mask mandate in place, will now begin reporting its COVID case counts weekly to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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