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Monday, October 18, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Posted on 10/18/2021

CISD is committed to providing COVID-19 updated information and the current status of active cases. We continuously revise the current public health guidelines and recommendations provided by the local, state and national health authorities including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to accommodate our protocols as needed to ensure the safety and overall wellbeing of all our students and staff.

COVID19 Positive Cases on CISD Community

On CISD schools, there were a total of 4 positive laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases on staff or students reported during the week of October 11 to October 17, 2021 (Table 1).  

Table 1. Total number of weekly positive laboratory confirmed cases and accumulated cases on CISD Schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

CISD School New Cases Reported* Accumulated Cases
Week October 11-17 As of Oct. 17, 2021
  Canutillo HS 0 28
  Northwest ECHS 0 4
  Canutillo MS 0 15
  Alderete MS 0 5
  Canutillo ES 1 11
  Deanna Davenport ES 0 3
  Jose Damian ES 0 10
  Bill Childress ES 0 4
  Garcia ES 1 6
  Reyes ES 0 10
 CISD Main Offices  (Central/Lonestar) 2 5
TOTAL 4 101

*Cases included in this report are those that have been confirmed and provided a copy of a COVID-19 positive laboratory report AND a report has been submitted to the El Paso Department of Public Health. Cases that are currently under investigation or have not provided a copy of a positive test result are not included but isolation/quarantine protocols have been initiated by our CISD team.


Number of Cases

Fig. 1. Total number of COVID-19 cases (N=101) reported per week from July 19 to October 17 of 2021.

As of October 17, out of the 101 positive COVID-19 cases (N=101) reported since July 19th among our CISD staff and student population (Fig. 1), a total of 74 cases (73.3%) were identified among unvaccinated individuals, 21 were among fully vaccinated individuals (20.8%) and 6 individuals were partially vaccinated pending for a second dose (5.9%). Out of the 101 COVID-19 cases, 83 cases have been identified as students (82.2%) and 18 as employees (17.8%). The most common COVID-19 symptoms reported by symptomatic students have been fever (23.5%), sore throat (22.1%), cough (22.1%) and body aches (11.8%).

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

Fig. 2 & 3. Percentage rates of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated and student vs employees identified on accumulated COVID-19 cases (N=101) from July 19 to October 17 of 2021.

Weekly updates from El Paso Health Department


According to the statistical report of the City of El Paso, as of October 18, 2021, there are currently a total of 36 active cases reported in the areas of Canutillo and Vinton. Our community is now located under Stage 3 on the COVID-19 Community Scorecard with a (7-day average) positivity rate of 9.33% (City of El Paso, 2021). Further information at https://www.epstrong.org/

Vaccination Rates in El Paso, Texas

A total of 528,691 persons have been fully vaccinated in El Paso, TX. The percentage of population >12 fully vaccinated is 76.87%. Full information at epstrong website:  https://www.epstrong.org/ and Texas Health and Human Services: https://tabexternal.dshs.texas.gov/t/THD/views/COVID-19VaccineinTexasDashboard/Summary?%3Aembed=y

Immunization events at CISD

Canutillo ISD has been hosting a series of vaccination clinics where the University Medical Center Mobile Unit has been on campus offering free COVID-19 vaccines to students, staff and family members. A total of 165 individuals have successfully received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 113 individuals have received their second dose in our prior events. Also, a total of 45 individuals received a flu vaccine (Table 2).

The next immunization event will be held at Canutillo High School on October 20th, Alderete MS on October 21st and Deanna Davenport on October 29th. COVID-19 boosters and Influenza vaccine AFLURIA will also be available for all those 12 years and up. Please check out the CISD website for more information: http://www.canutillo-isd.org/news/what_s_new/canutillo_i_s_d_hosts_mobile_vaccination_clinics

 
Table 2. Total number of immunizations provided at all our CISD immunization events since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. 

Vaccines  COVID-19 FLU TOTAL
1st dose  165 45 210
2nd dose 113 -- 113
TOTAL 278 45 323



COVID-19 Breakthrough Cases in El Paso, Texas

As of October 18, there are currently 3,054 breakthrough cases reported in El Paso, TX.   https://www.epstrong.org/

CDC COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review (10/15/2021)

In comparison with adults, fewer cases are reported in children. However, it is important to consider underlying medical conditions, including obesity, for a severe presentation of COVID-19 illness. Some of the steps recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19, beside vaccination, continue to include eating healthy, being active, good sleep hygiene, and learning how to cope with stress. Full information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html

American Academy of Pediatrics (10/14/2021)

Pediatricians may be able to start vaccinating children ages 5-11 years against COVID-19 in a matter of weeks, but they will not be able to use the Comirnaty vaccine vials that are used for adolescents and adults. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group that is awaiting federal authorization and has gone through clinical trials is a different concentration than the adult version. Children also will receive a different dose — 10 micrograms. Pediatricians soon will be able to order the pediatric vaccine through their jurisdiction. If authorized, jurisdictions (states, territories and several large cities) could immediately begin ordering and vaccines will start being delivered to thousands of sites on a pro-rata basis. However, vaccination cannot start until the CDC director makes an official recommendation on how the vaccines can be used. The CDC’s vaccine committee is scheduled to meet Nov. 2-3. Full information at https://www.aappublications.org/news/2021/10/14/pfizer-pediatric-vaccine-new-vials-101421

CDC Full information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html

FDA Full information: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-october-1-2021
 


More information for COVID-19 updates and recommendations at: http://www.canutillo-isd.org/COVID19. Canutillo ISD is working on updating and implementing recommendations to our school protocols, including new rapid testing protocols.

Please contact Dr. Maria Fuentes at 877-7670 (CISD Office at SSS) or email at mfuentes@canutillo-isd.org for further information.