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Nearly half of New Orleans’ public schools have reported at least one positive case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks, according to data released Thursday.

The district is currently tracking 82 active cases — 42 students and 40 staff members — across 40 schools. All but one of the cases have been reported in the last two weeks and 839 people are in quarantine due to possible exposure.

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In the weeks after this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans experienced one of the most explosive COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. Since then, music has largely been missing from a city that depends on it.

From The Frontline: Artist Josh Wingerter

Nov 20, 2020
The Historic New Orleans Collection

The image of boarded up shops is both familiar and disheartening here in New Orleans. A couple of months into the COVID-19 pandemic, local graffiti artist Josh Wingerter found a way to create beauty out of these barriers. The Historic New Orleans Collection interviewed Josh for their project, From The Frontline: Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Orleans.

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Public school students will continue learning in-person despite a city-wide spike in COVID-19 cases, New Orleans public school officials announced Thursday.

COVID-19 cases are “exponentially increasing,” according to the city’s dashboard. The number of NOLA-PS students and staff who have tested positive for the virus is at an all-time high since the district began publicly reporting cases back in September.

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New Orleans public schools reported 12 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the district’s apparent total to 55. The number of individuals in quarantine due to possible exposure dropped from 160 to 137.