SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Dozens of positive COVID-19 cases have been identified at C.K. McClatchy High School over the past two weeks, officials said.
On Wednesday, a Sacramento City Unified School District official announced they’ve had 50 positive cases at the campus since April 21.READ MORE: Assembly Passes Bill That Would Allow California Parents To Sue For Social Media Addiction
Notably, officials say at least 21 of those positive cases were from people who attended the school’s junior prom. However, SCUSD says overlapping social and school contacts have made it hard to trace exactly where the outbreak started.
The district notes that everyone who attended Junior Prom was required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.READ MORE: Man Surrenders After Standoff At Modesto Home
Despite the outbreak, district officials are defending the decision to hold events like prom.
“With the mental health impact of the pandemic – these types of extra-curricular events typically bring hope and joy for those attending and engaging,” said SCUSD Student Support & Health Services Director Victoria Flores in a statement. “As COVID remains a concern, this is the balance we continue to weigh.”MORE NEWS: WATCH: 5-Year-Old Manteca T-Ball Player's Walk-Up Dance Goes Viral On TikTok
The latest state numbers show California’s COVID cases and test positivity rate on a gradual increase over the past few weeks. Still, deaths have not shown any signs of increasing.