The Palm Springs Unified School District reported 46 active COVID-19 cases among students and staffers Friday.

According to the district’s online case tracker, 38 students and 8 staff members across 27 schools have tested positive for COVID-19, a 36 case drop off from last week’s total case count of 82.

Rancho Mirage High School has seven confirmed active student cases, the most of any school in the district as of Friday. Only five of the 27 schools within the district have no active COVID-19 cases.

The district updates the case tracker website daily and breaks down case numbers per school, distinguishing between cases involving students and staff. Once a case is no longer considered active, it is removed from the district’s tracker.

Parents of students who come into direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case will be notified by the district’s Health Services Department, officials said.

More than 20,000 students returned to classrooms Aug. 4 under new COVID-19 protocols that include mask-wearing indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors and “high-touch surfaces” are required to be cleaned on a daily basis, according to a 10-page document highlighting the district’s COVID-19 precautions.

The COVID-19 active case tracker and COVID-19 guidelines can be found at psusd.us/Page/7431.

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