School COVID-19 numbers show slight rise

Photo: Overpark Elementary School in Olive Branch, which reported the most number of new coronavirus cases in the past week, ending Friday. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

There’s been an uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases and quarantines reported by DeSoto County Schools in the past week. The weekly update on school cases and quarantines released by the district Monday morning shows 52 new cases of coronavirus in schools and 130 new quarantines.

That compares to the previous week’s numbers of 26 new cases and 60 new quarantines.  

Overpark Elementary School had the most new cases among DCS schools with seven, followed by Center Hill Middle School with five and Oak Grove Central Elementary with four.

Twenty-two students at Center Hill Middle School were new quarantines, followed by 17 at Southaven Middle and 15 at Hernando Elementary School.  

Nineteen teachers and staff members were reported to have a new positive test for coronavirus.

Next Monday’s update will be the last for the 2021 calendar year because the district will begin its Christmas break after the end of classes this Friday.  

The complete report is shown below and is also found on the DeSoto County Schools official website.  

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