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: 500709

Reported Deaths: 9977
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34312538
DeSoto32080403
Hinds31924627
Jackson24482379
Rankin21983390
Lee15530235
Madison14574280
Jones13838242
Forrest13447251
Lauderdale11985316
Lowndes11030188
Lamar10508135
Pearl River9503237
Lafayette8547139
Hancock7728126
Washington7422157
Oktibbeha7142131
Monroe6769176
Warren6682176
Pontotoc6659102
Neshoba6635206
Panola6520131
Marshall6462134
Bolivar6313148
Union602494
Pike5817152
Alcorn5667101
Lincoln5433135
George496779
Scott472698
Tippah469081
Prentiss466881
Leflore4657144
Itawamba4633105
Adams4586119
Tate4584110
Copiah448592
Simpson4445116
Yazoo443987
Wayne439772
Covington428794
Sunflower4237105
Marion4225108
Coahoma4159104
Leake408288
Newton381679
Grenada3706108
Stone359764
Tishomingo359692
Attala331489
Jasper329965
Winston314291
Clay307976
Chickasaw299667
Clarke292494
Calhoun279346
Holmes267887
Smith263850
Yalobusha233747
Tallahatchie227151
Greene219048
Walthall218763
Lawrence212440
Perry205356
Amite205155
Webster202746
Noxubee186640
Montgomery179656
Jefferson Davis171542
Carroll168838
Tunica159439
Benton148738
Kemper141941
Choctaw133426
Claiborne132437
Humphreys129238
Franklin120028
Quitman106428
Wilkinson105139
Jefferson94534
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 817054

Reported Deaths: 15320
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1145501922
Mobile724601333
Madison52172694
Shelby37533348
Baldwin37192547
Tuscaloosa35044606
Montgomery34067734
Lee23195245
Calhoun22205476
Morgan20754376
Etowah19811497
Marshall18317302
Houston17345411
St. Clair15983339
Cullman15383292
Limestone15298198
Elmore15161284
Lauderdale14225294
Talladega13802276
DeKalb12622260
Walker11162369
Blount10162175
Autauga9954146
Jackson9844182
Coffee9195191
Dale8880185
Colbert8826201
Tallapoosa7071198
Escambia6764130
Covington6699183
Chilton6627161
Russell627959
Franklin5955105
Chambers5567142
Marion4982126
Dallas4936200
Clarke474583
Pike4722105
Geneva4566126
Winston4502103
Lawrence4296117
Bibb424086
Barbour356676
Marengo337789
Monroe331463
Randolph328763
Butler325696
Pickens315682
Henry311965
Hale311088
Cherokee301760
Fayette291879
Washington251351
Cleburne247360
Crenshaw244375
Clay241768
Macon232363
Lamar222047
Conecuh185853
Coosa179739
Lowndes174564
Wilcox167939
Bullock151644
Perry138340
Sumter132738
Greene126644
Choctaw88127
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