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State leaders' reactions to rising Corinth School coronavirus cases

Governor Tate Reeves and State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs share their thoughts and plans about schools and potential school closures during the pandemic.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 9:34 AM

CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- On Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves spoke with Dr. Thomas Dobbs in a press conference about Corinth School District as it deals with the coronavirus.

Dobbs said those who were diagnosed had to have caught the virus elsewhere.

“Right now, it’s kind of interesting because we’re so early in it,” Dobbs said. “It’s really just kids bringing it in. There’s really no chance that they caught it there.”

Dobbs said schools have a guideline to determine if closing is necessary.

“If they have three or more kids within a certain classroom or a certain group, then all of them need to just be quarantined,” Dobbs said.

“If we have three or more simultaneous groups of that nature, then that’s the time to consider letting the school have a two-week break.”

He added if school administrators and state leaders decide a school should close, they should be closed for two weeks.

Governor Reeves applauded the Corinth School District for its response to the positive cases.

He said that while a lot of students are in quarantine, a lot of students are in class as well.

“[Students] that are learning. There are a whole bunch of kids, maybe there, maybe in other places, that maybe wouldn’t have had a healthy lunch had they not gone to school today,” Reeves said.

When it comes to schools closing, Reeves said state leaders and school districts will have conversations about the possibilities of it.

He added if the state decides a school needs to shut down, he will be prepared to make that call if necessary.

“I’m going to do what I believe is the right thing to do for the people of this state,” Reeves said.

According to its latest social media post, the Corinth School District has seven positive coronavirus cases in total.

The school said in the post it’s continuing to follow its contact tracing procedures, and said all who are notified need to quarantine for two weeks.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 97049

Reported Deaths: 2919
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7148160
DeSoto562361
Harrison388374
Jackson352170
Madison331289
Rankin330879
Lee274870
Forrest250075
Jones249879
Washington225977
Lafayette219340
Lauderdale2064125
Bolivar184766
Oktibbeha180152
Lamar172435
Neshoba1580104
Lowndes157958
Panola150731
Sunflower147346
Leflore141381
Warren140950
Pontotoc127916
Pike124051
Monroe123669
Copiah119233
Scott117627
Coahoma116229
Marshall111117
Lincoln110453
Holmes109859
Grenada109536
Yazoo106230
Simpson104746
Tate100638
Union99824
Leake96138
Adams94237
Wayne90521
Pearl River89453
Marion86835
Prentiss86317
Itawamba83121
Covington82723
Alcorn82311
George78213
Tallahatchie77421
Newton77324
Winston74219
Tishomingo69138
Chickasaw68524
Tippah67217
Attala67025
Clarke60346
Walthall60226
Clay59618
Hancock58822
Jasper57715
Noxubee55116
Smith53615
Calhoun52212
Tunica49715
Claiborne46516
Montgomery46520
Yalobusha43614
Lawrence43313
Perry42419
Greene38717
Humphreys37815
Quitman3775
Stone37512
Jefferson Davis34211
Webster33813
Amite33210
Carroll32012
Wilkinson30518
Kemper29015
Sharkey26613
Jefferson2439
Benton2283
Franklin1933
Choctaw1866
Issaquena1053
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 136055

Reported Deaths: 2364
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19752350
Mobile13449292
Montgomery8852184
Tuscaloosa8654118
Madison792778
Shelby601349
Lee592760
Baldwin552650
Marshall396143
Calhoun353444
Etowah352145
Morgan331428
Houston292021
Elmore267348
DeKalb243221
St. Clair233036
Walker231984
Talladega217129
Limestone211920
Cullman190720
Dallas179126
Franklin178129
Autauga177325
Russell17633
Lauderdale172333
Colbert166626
Blount161715
Escambia161124
Chilton158830
Jackson158111
Covington140327
Dale139244
Coffee13596
Pike120510
Chambers116842
Tallapoosa116485
Clarke110016
Marion96829
Butler91339
Barbour8857
Winston74512
Marengo72420
Pickens66614
Bibb65610
Lowndes65427
Randolph65413
Hale64428
Geneva6344
Lawrence62123
Cherokee61213
Bullock60614
Monroe5908
Clay5878
Washington55913
Perry5416
Crenshaw54032
Conecuh53611
Wilcox53211
Henry5075
Macon48318
Fayette4628
Sumter43819
Cleburne3825
Lamar3702
Choctaw35112
Greene30315
Coosa1723
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