Entire High School of 600 Students Ordered to Quarantine Due to Mississippi COVID-19 Outbreaks
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A Mississippi high school has quarantined its entire student body - around 600 students - for two weeks due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the area.
The Lamar County School District announced the 14-day quarantine for students at Sumrall High School on Wednesday morning. The city of Sumrall only has around 1,800 inhabitants.
“This week we looked at positive cases of COVID in the Sumrall community due to events and activities outside the school environment. At this point, Sumrall High School has reached the conditions (Mississippi State Department of Health) to consider dismissing the school, "Lamar County's superintendent Steven Hampton said in the Mississippi Free Press announcement.
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Hampton added that all extracurricular activities would be on hold and students would study online until classes resumed October 29.
Also on Wednesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced its weekly report of COVID-19 cases in schools, which found schools had more cases for the week of October 5-9 than any other week since the beginning of October personal learning in late July and August.
During the seven-day period, there were 343 new cases of coronavirus among students and 185 among teachers. Last week there was also a record number of quarantined students, teachers and staff - 7,684.
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According to the New York Times, Mississippi has seen a steady increase in cases over the past few weeks. Some have attributed the surge to the fact that Governor Tate Reeves let the state's face mask mandate expire on September 30th, after it was first issued on August 4th.
When he let it go, Reeves said he would "trust the majority of the people of Mississippi to do the right thing" and continue to wear masks without "the heavy hand of the government." However, it has resulted in many residents no longer wearing masks in public, reports the Free Press.
In total, Mississippi has had 108,139 coronavirus cases and 3,152 deaths since the pandemic broke out in March.
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