Dubuque Community Schools officials were reporting 24 active, positive COVID-19 cases at Hempstead High School earlier this week.

As of Thursday afternoon, the district’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard was reporting 52 active cases among students, 24 of which were at Hempstead. Those cases were spread among four ninth-graders, 10 10th-graders, one 11th-grader and nine 12th-graders.

By Friday afternoon, the number of student cases in the district had dropped to 35, with 17 active cases at Hempstead.

Asked about Thursday’s numbers, district spokesman Mike Cyze wrote in a message to the Telegraph Herald that the number of COVID-19 cases ebbs and flows in district buildings and that officials have not yet determined whether the Hempstead cases are tied to a particular instance.

He wrote that the cases at Hempstead were spread across grade levels and that Thursday’s case total represented about 1.3% of students and staff at the school, while Friday’s represented 0.93%.

As of Friday, there were 35 total cases among students across the school district and six cases among staff.

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