Howard County Public School System reports more than 3,700 students in quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test or as a close contact

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is providing quarantine numbers every Wednesday by 11 AM. Here is the latest information reported:

As of Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, there are 3712 students and 132 staff members in quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test or as a close contact. These numbers will be updated every Wednesday by 11 AM.

Please note that close contact or quarantine does not indicate those students or staff have tested positive for COVID-19. See below for daily and 7-day totals of positive case numbers.

Here are the numbers reported last week (1,172 students and 31 staff members in quarantine).

Here is a look at the current HCPSS COVID-19 dashboard:

The 401 new cases reported this past week is a lot higher than last week (137 cases) reported by the HCPSS COVID-19 dashboard. 401 represents the highest number ever reported this school year on the dashboard.

Still no history from HCPSS on their COVID-19 dashboard…so here is a look at past numbers reported by HCPSS tracked by Scott E’s Blog:

Quarantined (Students / Staff):

  • 9/14/21: 952 / 29
  • 9/21/21: 957 / 38
  • 9/28/21: 958 / 35
  • 10/5/21: 1,401 / 36
  • 10/12/21: 845 / 23
  • 10/19/21: 726 / 30
  • 10/26/21: 762 / 38
  • 11/02/21: 728 / 27
  • 11/09/21: 679 / 23
  • 11/16/21: 1,148 / 34
  • 11/23/21: 1,149 / 38
  • 11/30/21: 1,036 / 29
  • 12/07/21: 1,172 / 31
  • 12/14/12: 3,712 / 132

COVID-19 cases:

  • 9/14/21: 68 cases
  • 9/21/21: 51 cases
  • 9/28/21: 60 cases
  • 10/5/21: 72 cases
  • 10/12/21: 38 cases
  • 10/19/21: 33 cases
  • 10/26/21: 36 cases
  • 11/02/21: 52 cases
  • 11/09/21: 40 cases
  • 11/16/21: 75 cases
  • 11/23/21: 76 cases
  • 11/30/21: 67 cases
  • 12/07/21: 137 cases
  • 12/14/21: 401 cases

Keep track of the daily / weekly numbers from HCPSS here:  https://covid.hcpss.org/

Article Update 12/16/21: I looked this up in order to understand the magnitude of the number of students in quarantine:

Scott E

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