This evening, Chief Operations Officer Jorge Robles presented an update on our COVID-19 health data to our Board of Education. The update included a review of the key data that the district uses to assess health and safety conditions in the district and surrounding areas.
Insights from tonight’s data review include:
Early Warning Indicators
- Case counts for students/staff percentages have continued to go down last week as expected.
- Larger proportion of positive cases over total case counts continues this week, mainly for staff.
- Rapid testing started on 12/2, we are testing individuals with symptoms and anyone who opts in. Sample surveillance testing will being once we resume in person instruction.
Foundational System Metrics
- No significant changes from last week.
- We continue to have an important number of vacancies across Plant Operations, Transportation and Child Nutrition. Actively recruiting across all three teams and putting in place contingency plans, but not having students in schools has allowed us to maintain current services.
- Health care staff continue to experience vacancies. Working out options to continue to provide coverage.
Foundational Health Care Metrics
- We have had a modest increase in daily cases since Thanksgiving, and the 7-day rolling average is staying elevated.
- New case rates among Tulsa County residents age 5-17 increased significantly after Halloween and through early November. Due to the reporting methodology, recent weeks reporting may be artificially low.
Learn more about COVID-19 safety at Tulsa Public Schools.