District, area groups report COVID-19 numbers

Hannah Shoffitt, News Editor

As of Dec. 14, zero LHS students and zero LHS staff members were reported to have COVID-19 or to be in quarantine. According to reports from the superintendent, Lance Hansen, a total of eight students and one staff member were infected in the Lewiston School District as of Tuesday.
Since the beginning of the school year, 207 students have reported a return from quarantine, as well as 66 staff members. The district total for COVID cases since the school year began is 215 students and 67 staff.
According to covidactnow.org, Nez Perce County has an average of 27 new cases per 100,000 people every day. The vulnerability level is measured as low with a 7.5% positive test rate and a 1.04% infection rate.
Over the last week, the Lewiston-Metro area averaged at about 19 new confirmed cases every day. As of Dec. 10, eight COVID-19 patients here were hospitalized, with three in intensive care.