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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.

Confirmed Cases: 120160

Reported Deaths: 3334
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds8135180
DeSoto742280
Harrison556687
Jackson491790
Rankin417186
Madison389494
Lee370882
Forrest314179
Jones299984
Washington2667100
Lauderdale2639135
Lafayette259143
Lamar235940
Oktibbeha206656
Bolivar206279
Neshoba1894111
Lowndes183262
Leflore174188
Panola173441
Sunflower166550
Warren157156
Monroe155474
Pontotoc152820
Marshall151831
Lincoln146759
Pike141256
Copiah140437
Scott129029
Coahoma127037
Union126425
Yazoo125435
Simpson124950
Tate124839
Grenada123940
Itawamba119828
Pearl River118860
Leake117842
Holmes115460
Adams110645
Prentiss110420
Alcorn106112
Wayne103522
George103320
Covington100129
Marion97244
Tippah96225
Newton88428
Hancock88329
Chickasaw87529
Winston87021
Tallahatchie86426
Tishomingo83341
Attala81127
Clarke78553
Clay71822
Jasper70217
Walthall64927
Calhoun63813
Smith60816
Noxubee60417
Yalobusha57016
Montgomery56923
Lawrence56214
Claiborne54216
Tunica53917
Perry53423
Carroll51512
Stone50614
Greene48218
Humphreys46817
Amite43513
Jefferson Davis42613
Quitman4246
Webster38313
Benton37011
Wilkinson34321
Kemper33515
Sharkey29215
Jefferson28410
Franklin2533
Choctaw2106
Issaquena1074
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 162720

Reported Deaths: 2735
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson24088384
Mobile17166319
Tuscaloosa10641142
Montgomery10576205
Madison961998
Shelby766067
Baldwin688871
Lee666965
Calhoun480663
Marshall450051
Etowah444553
Morgan442835
Houston426535
DeKalb357929
Elmore329258
St. Clair313843
Limestone300333
Walker290293
Talladega277737
Cullman271925
Lauderdale243743
Jackson228218
Autauga214131
Colbert212532
Franklin210732
Blount203925
Russell19993
Chilton192632
Dallas189427
Dale186252
Coffee185111
Covington178729
Escambia176031
Clarke139117
Tallapoosa138587
Chambers138147
Pike137014
Marion111831
Barbour10569
Marengo105322
Butler102041
Geneva9597
Winston95313
Pickens90018
Lawrence89933
Bibb86615
Randolph85316
Hale78330
Cherokee76915
Clay76712
Washington75912
Henry7366
Lowndes72328
Monroe66310
Bullock65117
Crenshaw61630
Fayette60413
Perry6026
Cleburne5819
Conecuh57313
Wilcox57212
Macon55020
Lamar5255
Sumter48721
Choctaw39512
Greene34616
Coosa2193
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