The Texas Department of State Health Services Thursday released its first data dump related to coronavirus in school districts.

Argyle, Denton, Krum and Sanger ISDs reported a total of 18 students who had tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 since the first day of school.

Twenty-four staff members from those school districts tested positive during the same time period.

School districts reported the majority of those people were infected off campus, while it was unknown how roughly 43% had been infected. None of the four districts reported any instances of on-campus infection.

Out of all districts in the county, Lewisville ISD appears to take the lead with the most coronavirus infections from the first day of school until Thursday afternoon with 62 student and 10 staff infections.

Only students and staffers who participate in any on-campus activities and who test positive are included in the self-reported data, according to the Texas DSHS.

The department released a short statewide summary of the data this past week. As of Thursday, the department reported 3,445 Texas students had tested positive for the virus over the past eight weeks. The same was true for 2,850 staff members.

The Texas Education Agency began collecting this information in late August but didn’t publicly release the information until Thursday. It will be updated each Wednesday online, according to the Texas DSHS.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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