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Monday, September 6, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
Posted on 09/06/2021

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 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.

COVID-19 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 August 30 to September 5, 2021 (Table 1). All 4 COVID-19 cases were identified in students. Table 1. Total number of weekly positive laboratory confirmed cases and accumulated cases on CISD Schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

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 Aug. 16 - Aug. 22 As of Aug. 22, 2021
  Canutillo HS 3 17
  Northwest ECHS 0 1
  Canutillo MS 0 7
  Alderete MS 0 3
  Canutillo ES 1 4
  Deanna Davenport ES 0 3
  Jose Damian ES 0 3
  Bill Childress ES 0 3
  Garcia ES 0 2
  Reyes ES 0 6
TOTAL 4 49

*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.


Cases - Sept 6

Fig. 1. Total number of COVID-19 cases (N=49) reported per week from July 19 to September 5 of 2021.

As of September 5 out of the 49 positive COVID-19 cases (N=49) reported since July 19th among our CISD staff and student population (Fig. 1), a total of 36 cases (73.5%) were identified among unvaccinated individuals, 10 were among vaccinated individuals (20.4%) and 3 individuals were partially vaccinated pending for a second dose (6.1%). Out of 49 COVID-19 cases, 42 cases have been identified as students (85.7%) and 7 as employees (14.3%). The most common COVID-19 symptoms reported by symptomatic students have been cough (29%), sore throat (22.6%), fever (16.1%) and body aches (12.9%).

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

Fig. 2 & 3. Percentage rates of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated and student vs employees identified on accumulated COVID-19 cases (N=49) from July 19 to September 5 of 2021.

Weekly updates from different health authorities


City of El Paso Epidemiological Update: Current Cases & Stage Level for Week August 30 – September 5, 2021.

According to the statistical report of the City of El Paso, as of September 6, 2021, there are currently a total of 24 active cases reported on the areas of Canutillo and Vinton. Our community is located under Stage 3 on the COVID-19 Community Scorecard with a (7-day average) positivity rate of 6.67% (City of El Paso, 2021). Further information at  https://www.epstrong.org/

Vaccination Rates in El Paso, Texas

Vaccination rates continue to increase. A total of 507,221 persons have been fully vaccinated in El Paso, TX. The percentage of population >12 fully vaccinated is 73.9%. 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 156 individuals have successfully received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 36 individuals have received their second dose in our four prior events. Please check out the CISD website for more information for immunization events coming up at our CISD facilities: : http://www.canutillo-isd.org/news/what_s_new/canutillo_i_s_d_hosts_mobile_vaccination_clinics

COVID-19 Breakthrough Cases in El Paso, Texas

As of August 30, there are currently 1,782 breakthrough cases reported in El Paso, TX.  https://www.epstrong.org/

City of El Paso Health Authority Order Indoor Mask Mandate (9/2/2021)

On September 2, 2021, the City of El Paso issued a universal indoor mask mandate in the City of El Paso, Texas and County of El Paso, Texas, to take effect at 12:01 am on Saturday, September 4, 2021. This order requires wearing a face covering in all indoor locations in El Paso County; it is based on current medical evidence concerning COVID-19 and takes into consideration the fact that the County of El Paso tragically is among the leaders in the State of Texas in terms of COVID-19 deaths. This order is directed for all those older than 2 years of age and those who do not have a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. Full information: https://www.epstrong.org/

CDC Weekly Review (9/3/2021)

A recent CDC study shows that the Delta variant can spread rapidly in schools when unvaccinated teachers and staff have close, indoor contact with unvaccinated children. While children have been less affected by COVID-19 compared with adults, they can get sick with COVID-19 and can spread it to others. Full information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (9/3/2021)

Weekly COVID-19 associated hospitalization rates among children and adolescents rose nearly fi-fold during late June and August 2021, following the rise of the Delta variant in the United States. Prevention strategies, including vaccination of school staff and eligible students, universal indoor masking, staying home when sick, and routine testing, are critical to schools reopening and operating safely. with Full report at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7036e2.htm?s_cid=mm7036e2_w

American Academy of Pediatrics (9/7/2021)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children 6 months and older are vaccinated for influenza this fall as the best protection against the flu, especially now that many children have returned to in-classroom learning. In regards to COVID-19 infection: children with acute, moderate to severe illness should not receive influenza vaccine until they have recovered; children with mild COVID-19 illness may be vaccinated against flu. More information at: https://www.aappublications.org/news/2021/08/27/protect-children-from-covid-082721

Texas Education Agency Public Health Guidance (9/2/2021)

School systems may choose to require household-based close contact students to stay at home during the below stay-at-home period if they are in an area with high or rising COVID case rates. This applies specifically to students who are close contacts because an individual who lives in the same household is COVID-19 positive. Parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay-at-home period. In cases when it is permitted, parents who opt to send their children to school in the two weeks following exposure are encouraged to closely monitor their children for symptoms. For staff who meet the close contact threshold with a COVID-19 positive individual, if the employee continues to work on campus, rapid testing must be performed periodically for 10 days post exposure. Full information at: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/covid-19-support-public-health-orders



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.