COVID-19 numbers soaring as students return from holiday break

<p><p> COVID-19 cases are soaring in local school districts.</p></p><p><p>Only a handful have updated their dashboards since the holiday break, but their numbers are startling compared to a month ago.</p></p><p><p>Spokane County’s second-largest district, Central Valley, reported on Thursday that it had 159 positive cases in the last 14 days; that number stood at 44 on Dec. 10.</p></p><p><p>At Mead School District, 152 people have tested positive in the last 10 days, according to data posted Wednesday. The district had 45 cases as of Dec. 10.</p></p><p><p>Also reporting higher numbers were Cheney, with 46 new cases reported this week; and Medical Lake, with 36 in the last two weeks.</p></p><p><p>The only other local district with recent numbers is Coeur d’Alene, which has 65 new cases this week; that’s up from 18 in the week before the holiday break.</p></p><p><p>The area’s largest district, Spokane Public Schools, updates its dashboard only on a weekly basis, but has not done so since Dec. 16. The next post is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday.</p></p><p><p>Other local districts with outdated numbers include West Valley, East Valley, Deer Park, Riverside, Post Falls, Nine Mile Falls, Freeman and Liberty.</p></p>