The Minnesota Department of Health began publicly reporting schools with confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday.
This is the first time the state has publicly released information regarding COVID-19 cases in school districts. Going forward, the information will be updated every Thursday at 11 a.m. The school-related data will reflect confirmed cases in all Minnesota prekindergarten through 12th grade school buildings, including public, nonpublic and tribal schools. This will only include cases where the individual was present in a school building while they were infectious, according to an email sent to school leaders Thursday.
The data will show school buildings that have reported five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were in the building while infectious during a two-week reporting period. School buildings will only come off if they have no new confirmed cases after 28 days, which is two incubation cycles.
"All of this is in an effort to be transparent with the public about the prevalence of COVID-19 in our school buildings across the state and give Minnesotans an accurate picture of how the virus is impacting our school communities," Deputy Commissioner of Education Heather Muller said in an email to school leaders Thursday.
As of Friday, only seven school buildings were identified as having five or more confirmed cases in students and staff who were in the building while infectious during a two-week reporting period:
- Brainerd Senior High School in Crow Wing County;
- Albert Lea Senior High School in Freeborn County;
- Isanti Middle School in Isanti County;
- Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School in Martin County;
- Martin Luther High School in Martin County;
- St. Paul Lutheran School in Martin County;
- Hinckley Elementary in Pine County.