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Monday, August 30, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
Posted on 08/30/2021

CISD is committed to provide COVID-19 updated information and 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, Texas Education Agency, American Academy of Pediatrics, El Paso Department of Health and Texas Department of State Health Services 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 9 positive laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases on staff or students reported during the week of August 23 to August 29, 2021 (Table 1). All 9 COVID-19 cases were identified in students. Currently, one student is hospitalized.

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 4 14
  Northwest ECHS 0 1
  Canutillo MS 1 7
  Alderete MS 1 3
  Canutillo ES 0 3
  Deanna Davenport ES 1 3
  Jose Damian ES 1 3
  Bill Childress ES 1 3
  Garcia ES 0 2
  Reyes ES 0 6
TOTAL 9 45

*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 investigati0n or have not provided a copy of a positive test result are not included but isolation/quarantine protocols have been initiated.


Number of Cases

Fig. 1. Total number of COVID-19 cases (N=45) reported per week since July 19 to August 29 of 2021.

As of August 29, out of the 45 positive COVID-19 cases (N=45) reported since July 19th among our CISD staff and student population (Fig. 1), a total of 34 cases (75.6%) were identified among unvaccinated individuals, 3 were among vaccinated individuals (17.8%) and 3 individuals were partially vaccinated pending for a second dose (6.7%). Out of 45 COVID-19 cases, 38 cases have been identified as students (84.4%) and 7 as employees (15.6%). 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

Percentage rates of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated and student vs employees identified on accumulated COVID-19 cases (N=45) since July 19 to August 29 of 2021.

City of El Paso Epidemiological Update: Current Cases & Stage Level for Week August 23 – August 29, 2021

According to the statistical report of the City of El Paso, as of August 30, 2021, there are currently a total of 23 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 2.85% (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 500,895 persons have been fully vaccinated in El Paso, TX. Percentage of population >12 fully vaccinated is 73%. 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 93 individuals have successfully received immunizations in our two prior events. Please check out CISD website for more information for immunization events coming up at our CISD facilities: http://www.canutillo-isd.org/COVID19/COVID-19_vaccine/where_to_get_vaccinated

COVID-19 Breakthrough Cases in El Paso, Texas

As of August 30, there are currently 1,575 breakthrough cases reported in El Paso, TX.  https://www.epstrong.org/

City of El Paso Health Authority Order Indoor Mask Mandate (8/27/2021)

On August 27, 2021, the City of El Paso issued a limited indoor face covering mandate in the City of El Paso, Texas and County of El Paso, Texas, to take effect immediately, which shall be in effect until terminated or modified by a subsequent Local Health Authority Order or other superseding order. This order requires to wear a face covering in indoor locations in any school district within El Paso County, Texas; and by both City of El Paso employees and visitors inside indoor locations at City of El Paso facilities and on City-owned and operated public transportation. 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 (8/27/2021)

COVID-19 vaccine boosters may be available starting this fall with people being eligible starting 8 months after they received their second dose of an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). This is subject to authorization by the FDA and recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). It is likely that people who received a Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine will also need a booster dose. Because the J&J vaccine wasn’t given in the United States until 70 days after the first mRNA vaccine doses, the data are not yet available but are expected in the coming weeks. With those data in hand, CDC will keep the public informed with a timely plan for J&J booster shots. Full information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html


American Academy of Pediatrics (8/27/2021)
Due to the increased number of COVID-19 pediatric cases, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all adolescents 12 years of age and older who do not have contraindications for the vaccine as a layer of protection in schools. As stated also by the CDC, “Improving adolescent COVID-19 vaccination coverage is crucial to reduce COVID-19 associated morbidity and mortality among adolescents and can help facilitate safer reopening of schools for in-person learning” (CDC, 8/27/2021). More information at: https://www.aappublications.org/news/2021/08/27/protect-children-from-covid-082721


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.