List of public schools with coronavirus cases grows in Miami-Dade County

The list of Miami-Dade County public schools that are dealing with the aftermath of coronavirus infections was getting longer on Friday.

According to Local 10 News sources, the list of elementary schools with infections includes Poinciana Park at 6745 NW 23 Ave., Charles D. Wyche Jr. at 5241 NW 195 Dr., Holmes at 1175 NW 67 St., and William H. Lehman at 10990 SW 113 Pl.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has only confirmed one case at William H. Lehman. He said Thursday that the contact tracing investigation at William H. Lehman began as soon as the school learned a student tested positive.

“I can confirm that this child did not contact the coronavirus at school,” Carvalho said. “I can confirm through the health department that nonetheless the child did have contact with some of his colleagues.”

Karla Hernández-Mats, the United Teachers of Dade president, said there are at least six public schools, including Downtown Doral Charter at 8390 NW 53 St., with new coronavirus outbreaks.

“Unfortunately, despite loudly voicing our concerns about a premature reopening of schools, we now find ourselves in complete fear and misery after only four days of a partial reopening, both parents and teachers alike,” Hernández-Mats said, adding there will probably be more cases in other schools.

Hernández-Mats said it is likely that there are many more asymptomatic children who are also infected.

“We are imploring the community, if you or your family has come into contact with someone who is or was COVID positive in the last two weeks, please get tested and stay at home until you have tested negative at least two times," Hernández-Mats said.


Miami-Dade Public Schools is updating a dashboard to track coronavirus infections and the Florida Department of Health is updating a school list.

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In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.