As coronavirus infections soar among students and staff at Santa Fe Public Schools, the district plans to launch an online COVID-19 dashboard Monday to keep parents informed of current cases.

The dashboard will appear on the district’s website, sfps.info, and at bit.ly/SFPSDashboard.

“The website, which will be updated daily, will ensure greater transparency and improved reporting to the public,” the district said in a news release issued Friday.

The new COVID-19 tracking tool comes after a week with the district’s highest case count — 63 total, 61 of them student infections and two involving staff members.

Outbreaks at two small east-side schools in recent weeks, Wood Gormley and Acequia Madre elementary schools, also have raised concerns among parents.

“With the upswing we’re seeing in COVID cases, SFPS sees the new COVID Dashboard as an enhanced way to update the public on what is happening district wide and school by school with students and staff,” Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez said in the news release. “Graphs and charts help to clarify and place numbers in perspective and viewers can select various time periods, which allow for improved analysis.”

The news release said principals will continue to notify parents whose students have been in classrooms with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 who has been on campus while potentially infectious.

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Barry Rabkin

Obviously the US should ignore the Covid-19 virus.

We need to forget this highly contagious global virus can infect the young, the middle-aged, and the elderly. We need to forget it spreads quickly within a family.

We need to forget it impacts people who have autoimmune diseases or other underlying conditions that result in hospitalization, intubation, and death.

We need to ignore the vaccines that minimize getting infected or if infected minimizes the risks of becoming hospitalized or dying.

We need to ignore that hospital resources are becoming overwhelmed so much that people who need hospital resources because of non-Covid conditions (living birth, heart attacks) can be, and are being, turned away from hospitals because there are no healthcare resources to treat them. For us in NM, we need to forget we are healthcare-poor in that we do not have anywhere near the healthcare resources of the States on our borders.

We need to ignore using masks or staying 6 feet apart.

In short, we need to live as though we are living in the Medieval Era replete with its ignorance and superstitions.

mark Coble

Also ignore natural immunity.

Barry Rabkin

Also ignore the latest research showing that natural immunity plus vaccination provides longer lasting immunity than natural immunity alone: A growing body of research suggests infection plus vaccination provides the strongest protection against a wide range of variants, possibly for a long time.

And please ignore any person who believes that they have the freedom to expose other people.

mark Coble

One case is too much. The risk to healthy people means we must close the schools until we have zero cases of COVID-19 which is so deadly for all of us. Close non essential businesses, double masking and stop travel. It's just until we eliminate the risk, guessing three or four months. Government will help us through this if we continue our trust and obedience.

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