MSDH reports coronavirus cases in Starkville schools

MSDH showed the number of coronavirus cases by school this week. Starkville schools explain how it is battling through the pandemic.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 10:40 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 10:40 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi State Department of Health released coronavirus case numbers by school this week.

Four schools in the Starkville - Oktibbeha School District recorded double digit numbers of students who were quarantined because of exposure last week.

Nearly every school in the district saw at least one case among students this year.

Hollie Jones is a nurse at Partnership Middle School where 11 students were in quarantine last week.

Jones said along with wearing masks and regular temperature checks, the district is doing everything it can to keep its numbers down.

“We have a grab and go breakfast so they come through and get their breakfast and take it to the classroom but it’s in the halls so they’re not all in the cafeteria in the morning," she said. "We also keep them in one classroom so instead of the students changing classes, the teachers are moving around.”

When students do not feel well, Nurse Jones said she keeps them in an isolation room away from others until she knows the next step for that individual.

In addition to students, six of eight Starkville-Oktibbeha County Schools recorded having one or more teachers or staff members under quarantine.

Once a teacher tests positive, Jones said the school immediately contact traces to identify students and staff members at risk.

“I have seating charts from all the teachers so I can go to refer to that," said Jones. "They’re able to tell me, ‘well this is who I feel like I was around who should be close contact.’"

Despite the data, the nurse believes it is safe for students to enter the district's buildings.

“I feel like all the school’s in our district are doing everything they can to keep everyone safe and healthy.”

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 314509

Reported Deaths: 7247
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21626259
Hinds20359415
Harrison17934309
Rankin13634278
Jackson13447246
Madison10099217
Lee9980174
Jones8381163
Forrest7683152
Lauderdale7191241
Lowndes6401147
Lamar623086
Lafayette6200118
Washington5339134
Bolivar4802132
Oktibbeha462798
Panola4588107
Pearl River4512146
Marshall4443103
Warren4393121
Pontotoc420772
Monroe4113133
Union411076
Neshoba4031176
Lincoln3968110
Hancock379386
Leflore3497125
Sunflower336090
Tate334084
Pike3325105
Scott315973
Alcorn313368
Yazoo311669
Itawamba300477
Copiah297065
Coahoma295479
Simpson295288
Tippah288768
Adams286882
Prentiss279760
Marion269280
Leake268373
Wayne262641
Grenada261487
Covington259681
George248048
Newton246861
Winston227281
Tishomingo226967
Jasper221148
Attala214473
Chickasaw207857
Holmes189173
Clay185454
Stone182833
Tallahatchie178841
Clarke178080
Calhoun170832
Yalobusha164338
Smith162434
Walthall133945
Greene130633
Lawrence128624
Montgomery126942
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123142
Carroll121829
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107133
Tunica105726
Claiborne102430
Benton99525
Humphreys96733
Kemper95828
Franklin83823
Quitman80916
Choctaw76418
Wilkinson67331
Jefferson65728
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 532895

Reported Deaths: 11001
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson771431528
Mobile41089808
Madison34837505
Tuscaloosa25810454
Montgomery24355588
Shelby23730249
Baldwin21191309
Lee15892171
Calhoun14522316
Morgan14324279
Etowah13861353
Marshall12250223
Houston10581281
Elmore10060205
Limestone9986151
Cullman9705194
St. Clair9702243
Lauderdale9441242
DeKalb8846187
Talladega8255176
Walker7246277
Autauga6938108
Jackson6815112
Blount6694137
Colbert6310134
Coffee5524119
Dale4850111
Russell443238
Chilton4308112
Franklin426282
Covington4136118
Tallapoosa4039152
Escambia393977
Chambers3578123
Dallas3557152
Clarke351161
Marion3130101
Pike311377
Lawrence300798
Winston275673
Bibb261564
Geneva251477
Marengo249664
Pickens234761
Barbour231756
Hale223277
Butler216469
Fayette212562
Henry189044
Cherokee184745
Randolph181742
Monroe178040
Washington167639
Macon159950
Clay156857
Crenshaw152757
Cleburne149141
Lamar142935
Lowndes139053
Wilcox127130
Bullock122841
Conecuh110629
Coosa107928
Perry107826
Sumter104832
Greene92534
Choctaw61124
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