2,100 confirmed school virus cases in Tennessee

Junior business major Lachland Sears walks toward the University Center on campus at UTC on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Monday was UTC's first day of classes in person classes since March, when all University of Tennessee schools moved to virtual classes in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tennessee had 2,100 confirmed coronavirus cases in children ages 5 to 18 during the past two weeks, according to state data.

So far, 131 of Tennessee’s roughly 140 public schools have restarted, with 129 districts operating or planning to run on a hybrid model. Most of those are opening in person with a virtual option, according to Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

Eighteen districts are operating fully remotely, and nine individual schools were closed due to at least one COVID-19 case, Schwinn says.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee says his administration is asking federal officials how specific Tennessee can get in disclosing cases of COVID-19 in schools. School districts currently have the choice of releasing information on cases on their own.

Tennessee has nearly 1,500 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus.

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