Covid Tracker – March 23-24

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By Benjamin Gamson and Eli Weiss

This week, the percentage of students and staff who said they had been exposed to Covid increased, from 14.36% as of March. 10 to 29.4% as of March 24. 

The percentage of people who said someone in their household had tested positive also increased, from 17.13% March 9-10 to 19.3% March 23-24.

This week’s poll was linked on gradewide group chats, posted on Schoology, and given time to complete in several classes. Of about 300 students and staff at school, 109 responded. The most recent previous Tracker received the highest number of responses recorded thus far, 181, March 9-10, when the tracker coincided with Color War and teams could earn points for participation.

Also increasing this week was the percentage of community members who reported personally knowing someone who has contracted Covid-19. This increased from 85.6% of those surveyed  to 93.6% March 23-24.

Some percentages decreased, however, reflecting the decreased sample size.  For example, just 8.3% of students and staff said they have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, compared to 10.5% as of March 10,.reflecting the decrease in the number of people who took the poll.  

Also decreasing slightly was the percentage who said they knew personally someone who had died from the illness, from 25.4% 22.9% in the same period.

On Jan. 26, the Covid Tracker added a question asking whether the respondent or anyone in their household has received a Covid vaccine.

In the March 9-10 tracker, 32.6% of respondents answered that they or someone in their household had received one dose, and 44.8% said two doses.

This week, 25.7% of respondents answered that they or someone in their household had received one dose, and 56% of people responded saying two doses, or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine which only requires one dose for immunization. 

Together, these numbers suggest that 81.7% of the Shalhevet community has at least one household member who is at least partially immunized.

Fewer than a fifth — 18.3% — said either that no one in their household had yet had the vaccine or that they were unsure.

The Boiling Point is conducting a Covid-19 tracking project to watch how Covid cases are progressing not only at school but among friends, family and personal acquaintances of Shalhevet community members.

The survey is not scientific. Originally it was posted whenever there was a Town Hall, but it is now published every other Tuesday morning. Community members including students, faculty and staff have until midnight the following night to respond.