Dozens of students quarantined after several test positive for COVID-19 in Mississippi school district


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CORINTH, Miss. (News Nation) — Several cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in a Mississippi school district and more than 100 individuals have been quarantined, according to state officials.

At least seven individuals in the Corinth School District have tested positive for COVID-19, according to posts on the district’s Facebook page. Officials reported five cases at Corinth High School, one case at Corinth Middle School and another case at Corinth Elementary.

Dr. Thomas Dobbs with the Mississippi State Department of Health said more than 100 students have been quarantined after the results came back positive.

“We do see that we are starting to have more and more reports of cases in schools as they’ve opened up,” said Dobbs.

Last week was the first week back at school for students in Corinth.

As one of the first districts to resume in-person classes, the school district assured parents it is in constant contact with the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about safety measures.

The Corinth School District is located in Alcorn County — which has reported 377 cases of coronavirus and five deaths for the duration of the pandemic.

In total, Mississippi has reported 63,444 cases of the virus and 1,804 deaths, according to the latest data available from the Mississippi State Department of Health.

On Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves issued a two-week statewide mask mandate for individuals out in public and announced a delay for school start dates for grades 7-12 in some counties, but Alcorn County is not one of them.

The counties are Bolivar, Coahoma, Forrest, George, Hines, Panola, Sunflower and Washington.

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