Austin Public Health investigating cluster of COVID-19 cases at local high school party; criminal charges possible

The agency would not, however, identify the high school.

AUSTIN, Texas — Multiple high school students have tested positive for COVID-19 after a weekend party, according to Austin’s top doctor.

Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott shared that information during a briefing by Austin Public Health (APH) at the Travis County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday morning.

“The preliminary data from that investigation indicates that six individuals from that party have tested as COVID-19 positive and another 58 are quarantined as close contacts,” Dr. Escott said.

He did not identify the high school involved in the investigation, and an APH spokesperson also refused to share the name of the high school with KVUE.

During the briefing, Dr. Escott also warned APH is seeing additional clusters associated with students outside of the class environment.

“We are seeing the same pattern that we’ve seen in the past in that they seem

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Kansas resumes release of COVID-19 cluster information in the state

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After temporarily halting the release of information on COVID-19 clusters in the state last week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Wednesday reversed course again.

At a weekly press briefing, KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman announced that the state would once again begin releasing the list of clusters.

“We got feedback, a lot of positive and some negative feedback, about our methodology before,” Norman said.

Listing the clusters is meant to make tracking cases more efficient and accurate than previous methods.

Under previous methods, a location was considered to be active until it had gone 28 days without a new case.

“As an example, a location might have had 30 or 50 or 75 cases back in March and April but still be considered active because they have a handful of cases trickling and hadn’t gone a full 28 days without a single case,”

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