There was a marked decrease in new COVID-19 numbers in the DeSoto County School District last week, but new cases of the virus remain prevalent in all of the schools in Mississippi’s largest school district.
This week’s report from the district has 448 new cases of coronavirus for the school week ending Friday, Jan. 28. That is a decrease from 854 the previous week.
New quarantines in DeSoto County Schools were 339, compared to 422 new quarantines the week before.
Once again, all of the district attendance centers reported new cases last week, led for the second straight week by DeSoto Central High School 30. Last week, DeSoto Central High had 72 new cases.
Among the other schools, Hernando Middle School reported 26 new cases, Horn Lake High School had 22, Pleasant Hill Elementary saw 20 new cases and there were 18 new cases each from DeSoto Central Middle and DeSoto Central Elementary schools.
Meanwhile, Horn Lake Elementary and Shadow Oaks Elementary schools only had two new cases each.
Among schools with high numbers of quarantines, Walls Elementary School has 43 students in new quarantines, Pleasant Hill Elementary reported 36, there were 21 placed in quarantine from Hernando Middle School, and there were 20 each at Olive Branch Elementary and Greenbrook Elementary schools. There were eight schools without a new quarantine among its student population.
The number of staff members or teachers with new COVID-19 positive cases dropped from 148 the previous week down to 83 this past week. The complete report is shown below and is also posted on the official DeSoto County Schools website.