Tuscaloosa County Schools Near Worst in Alabama for Student COVID Cases
The Tuscaloosa County School System reported 362 new cases of COVID-19 among its students last week, more than almost any other district in the state, according to new data released by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Data from ADPH's COVID-19 Schools K-12 Dashboard shows the only school system with more sick students than TCSS was Mobile County Public Schools, where there were 396 cases reported last week.
One key difference -- MCPS educates more than 53,000 students in 90 schools.TCSS serves less than half that number, with 19,000 students in 35 schools.
Inside the Tuscaloosa City Schools system, where a mask mandate has been in place since in-person classes resumed last month, there were 138 cases reported last week.
Statewide, the ADPH reported 6,382 new COVID-19 cases in schools this week, down from 8,428 reported last week,
143 Alabama school systems share their coronavirus data with the ADPH, and of those, 17 reported new cases in the triple-digits last week.
From most to least, that list included the following school systems:
- Mobile County Schools: 396 Cases
- Tuscaloosa County Schools: 362 Cases
- Jefferson County Schools: 273 Cases
- Shelby County Schools: 263 Cases
- Montgomery County Schools: 217 Cases
- Baldwin County Schools: 206 Cases
- St. Clair County Schools: 178 Cases
- Madison County Schools: 162 Cases
- Tuscaloosa City Schools: 138 Cases
- Elmore County Schools: 134 Cases
- Lee County Schools: 132 Cases
- Limestone County Schools: 121 Cases
- Hoover City Schools: 118 Cases
- Autauga County Schools: 114 Cases
- Huntsville City Schools: 114 Cases
- Lauderdale County Schools: 111 Cases
- Birmingham City Schools: 107 Cases