Q: How many kids testing positive for Covid constitutes an “outbreak” at any public school in Maricopa County?

Answer: 2.

If two kids test positive, say at a high school with 500 kids, the entire campus is labeled as having an outbreak. Oh, and that’s true even if not at the same time…it’s two cases within two weeks. So if a kid tests positive today and gets sent home, and then a second kid tests positive two weeks from now, that school is suffering an outbreak, okay?

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – From virtual learning to in-person learning, now to Covid outbreaks happening at dramatic rate, students in Arizona have been through it all. “We all know the past year and a half was probably the most challenging of these students lives,” said State Superintendent of Public Schools Kathy Hoffman. She is speaking out after a new report by Maricopa County Health on the number of Covid cases that are on the rise. 

There are currently 166 schools in the county with active outbreaks. “That is something that we’ve never seen before,” said Maricopa County Health Director Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine.

It’s important to note the county health department defines an outbreak as two or more cases on campus within a two week period. In addition, the county’s report showed that one in four COVID-cases are among children,

Superintendent Hoffman said she believes the limits being placed on school districts restricting mitigation strategies are to blame. “It’s not new information to me the AZ Department of Health and all of our county health departments have been recommending masking as a way to stop the spread of Covid-19 since it is transmitted through the air, it’s become too political,” said Hoffman.


By the way, Dr. Briggs has published the best no-mask for kids post, with all the best links, so you can use in your own community:

Why kids should not be wearing masks, and how to calm those who think they should


This is a copy of a letter I wrote to a school board on the subject of masking children. You may find it of use in your own school district. After writing […]

6 thoughts on “Q: How many kids testing positive for Covid constitutes an “outbreak” at any public school in Maricopa County?”

  1. Since our three kids started earlier this month in the same PHX Charter School, they’ve missed a combined FOUR WEEKS of school due to “COVID precautions”.
    This school year was started for the singular purpose of being shut down. It couldn’t be more obvious.

  2. Ah the wonders of technology!
    “Intrastate travel within Australia is also severely restricted. And the government of South Australia, one of the country’s six states, developed and is now testing an app as Orwellian as any in the free world to enforce its quarantine rules. People in South Australia will be forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation. The state will text them at random times, and thereafter they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face in the location where they are supposed to be. Should they fail, the local police department will be sent to follow up in person. “We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes,” Premier Steven Marshall explained. “I think every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app.””
    Stop using cell phones. Never give your kids one.

  3. ‘The Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya TKO’d by the Death-Jab https://twitter.com/OscarDeLaHoya/status/1433857153433944069 “Wanted you to hear directly from me that despite being fully vaccinated, I have contracted Covid and am not going to be able to fight next weekend. Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support.” – Oscar De La Hoya

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