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Just two days into the academic year, 440 students in Palm Beach County, Florida, were told to go into quarantine because of COVID-19 cases at their schools, reports CBS’ Palm Beach affiliate WPEC.

As of Thursday, there were 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 26 employees and 105 students, according to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard. The cases have been confirmed in 60 of the district’s facilities and K-12 schools.

The number of COVID cases spiked dramatically within the first two days of school. On Tuesday, when classes started, there were just five confirmed cases among the district’s staff members.

Palm Beach County is the 10th largest school district in the U.S. and the fifth largest in Florida, with more than 197,000 students. The district did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment.

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