According to the Chandler Unified School District COVID-19 dashboard, cases at Hamilton High School have dropped from their all-time high of COVID, with over one percent of the student body infected, down to four cases as of Aug. 25, 2021. This news comes to the relief of many students and parents who were concerned about their and their family’s health.
When Hamilton originally reached their peak of cases, they had to implement emergency protocol in order to isolate and decrease COVID cases. These protocols included highly suggesting masks, mandating lockdown for individuals exposed to COVID unless they were vaccinated and moving desks in order to maintain a three foot distance between students at all times. These protocols evidently did their job as the number of active cases steeply declined and the number of resolved cases only continued to increase. This news came to the relief of many students, parents, and teachers concerned about their and their family’s wellbeing.
As Hamilton High School continues to make progress against COVID, the state of Arizona. is not following the same trend. In Maricopa County alone, over the last two months, COVID cases are steadily climbing. On June 24, 2021 the number of new cases were at 417, as of Aug. 25, 2021 they are at 1,870. The seven day average of cases has jumped from 341 up to 2,074. As a state, the number of new cases a day has jumped from 626 cases in June to 2,595 and the seven day average has increased from 473 to 2,969. Maricopa County includes more than half the state’s population in the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Peoria and the town of Gilbert and holds over half of the state’s population as the center of political and economic activity. All this data shows that as cases continue to increase, everyone should continue to stay safe and follow all regulations in order to stop the spread of COVID.