CASSELTON, N.D. — The Central Cass School District has reported an increase in positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines, particularly in its high school, according to a statement from Superintendent Morgan Forness.

"One week ago, the high school was under one percent of positive cases with minimal close contacts," the superintendent said in a statement issued Tuesday, Oct. 13. "This week positive cases have increased to just under three percent in the high school."

Since that increase, 37% of the high school's student body is now considered to have had close contacts with people positive for the virus, according to North Dakota health officials.

Due to the high rate of cases in the school and daily record highs in Cass County, the district's COVID-19 response team plans to recommend the school board take action. A plan is expected Friday.

Elementary and middle school rates remain low, Forness said. The district has continued in-person instruction for Pre-K through Eighth grade, with distance learning on Wednesdays for grades seven and eight only.