In Mississippi, More Than 2K Students, 500 Teachers In Quarantine Due To COVID

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R).Screengrab / Mississippi Public Broadcasting / YouTube

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According to the state health officer, 245 teachers and 199 students have tested positive for the virus.

Local CBS affiliate WJTV reported on Monday that 589 teachers and 2,035 students in Mississippi have been quarantined after “71 Mississippi counties have reported COVID-19 cases in schools.”

  • State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said 245 teachers and 199 students have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Business Insider reported that this represents “a significant uptick from the caseload on August 14 when 39 counties of the state's 82 counties reported that 69 students and 109 teachers had tested positive for the disease, according to the Clarion-Ledger.”
  • Insider noted that “Some schools reopened at the end of July and others at the start of August, but schools in eight counties only resumed in-person classes on Monday.”
  • However, Governor Tate Reeves (R) said during a Monday press conference that "It doesn't mean they caught it there.”
  • Reeves reportedly also said he is "very interested in college football happening,” and added: "So what I would say to you is, keep doing what you're doing. Wear a mask. Stay socially distanced. Do not get in large groups for social reasons.”
  • Insider reported that many of Mississippi’s schools have yet to reopen, but the governor “has received flak from critics who believe he allowed schools to reopen prematurely.”

As schools continue to reopen, Reeves said that emergency telehealth services will be offered at public schools where students receive health insurance through Medicaid, the Mississippi Free Press reported.

"This will allow schools, even those without school nurses or school-based clinics, to access telehealth services," Reeves said. "A physician, a nurse practitioner, or physician assistant will be able to provide remote services in schools across the state."

  • Reeves also announced a new policy that will make it easier for teachers to be tested for the virus, even if they are not showing symptoms.

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