Covid Tracker – December 1-2

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By Benjamin Gamson, Molly Litvak, and Eli Weiss

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 will now be published every other week, and community members including students, faculty and staff have until midnight the following night to respond.

This week’s poll was posted (and linked on Schoology and in other school chats) Dec. 1-2 . There were 103 students and staff who responded. Results are below. 

For the second week in a row, the number of students and staff who said that they had ever tested positive for Covid-19 went up —  from three in last week’s poll to five this week. The percentage increased from 3.1% of 93 respondents to 4.9% of 103 respondents.

However, some percentages and raw numbers decreased as well, showing that a different group of people responded to the survey than previous ones. 

Decreasing was the percentage of students and staff who said they had been exposed to coronavirus. The number declined from 20 people (20.4%) in the Nov. 26 tracker to 17 people (16.5%) as of Dec. 2, apparently reflecting a difference in who filled it out this time.

Similarly, the numbers and percentage of students and staff who responded that someone in their own household had had Covid-19 also declined, from 10 respondents (10.2%) in late November to 7 respondents (6.8%) this week.

And the percentage of community members who know someone who has contracted Covid-19 also decreased between these two polls, from 78.6% (77 out of 98) to 69.9% (72 out of 103).

Likewise, the percentage of people responding who said they knew personally someone who had died from the illness also declined from 17.3% (17 of 98) to 14.6% (15 of 103).  This compares with 40 students and staff who knew someone who had died when the Boiling Point Covid Tracker was initiated Oct. 13- 14. That poll had 143 respondents.