Desoto County News

DCS issues new coronavirus case report

DeSoto County Schools (DCS) Monday released its second weekly report of new coronavirus cases and student quarantines as a result.  

The report is for the week of Aug. 24-28 and indicates new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the school setting during the week and the number of new student quarantines as a result of a close contact in the school setting. The report also numbers, but does not separate by school, the number of school staffers who had a positive coronavirus test during the week.  

As a district, DeSoto County Schools found 23 new cases of the virus and 256 new quarantines. 

Southaven High School had four new cases last week and there were 49 new students in quarantine.  There were three new cases reported from Hernando High School and 44 students were placed in quarantine as a result of close contact.  

DeSoto Central High School, Lewisburg High, Lewisburg Middle, Lewisburg Primary, and Olive Branch High each listed two students testing positive, with single new case reports from Center Hill Elementary, Center Hill Middle, DeSoto Central Elementary, Horn Lake Middle, Lewisburg Elementary, and Southaven Middle School.  

Of students now in quarantine, there are 49 students at Southaven High School and 44 each at DeSoto Central and Hernando high schools.  

Those school staff members who last week tested positive for coronavirus numbered 11 districtwide.  

The weekly school reports stress that it’s possible to have quarantine situations on a campus without a reported student case, situations that occur due to close contact with an employee. The numbers don’t include students who are quarantined by the Mississippi State Department of Health for situations that are not school-related. The numbers also do not reflect private schools in DeSoto County that are not part of the DeSoto County School District.  

The entire report may be viewed on the DeSoto County School District website.

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