Schools report 46 new COVID-19 cases

Monday, DeSoto County Schools reported 46 new cases of coronavirus had appeared in district schools during the past week through Oct. 9. DCS officials pointed out that 54 percent of the 46 new cases came from two schools, DeSoto Central High School and Southaven High School.

DeSoto Central still needs to sit out this Friday, but Southaven has sat out two weeks and will play their game this week with Olive Branch.

There were 16 new coronavirus cases reported at DeSoto Central and nine new cases of the virus at Southaven High. Of the remaining 21 new cases last week, five came from Olive Branch High School, three from Lake Cormorant Middle, and single reports from Center Hill High, Hernando High, Oak Grove Central Elementary, Horn Lake High, Horn Lake Middle, Lake Cormorant Elementary, Lake Cormorant High, Lewisburg High, Lewisburg Middle, Lewisburg Elementary, Olive Branch Middle, Olive Branch Intermediate, and Southaven Intermediate schools. 

DeSoto Central High is where the most number of new quarantines were reported last week at 107 for the week. There were 56 new quarantines that came from Southaven High and Lake Cormorant Middle School reported they had 45 new COVID-19 quarantined students who had a close contact with someone infected in a school setting, DCS reported. 

The number of new staff members districtwide that a positive test for coronavirus was 27 during the past week.  

CLICK HERE for the weekly report from DeSoto County Schools.

The Mississippi State Department of Health Monday, in its daily report, said there were 296 new cases of coronavirus in the state, no additional deaths, and 126 new long-term care outbreaks.  

In DeSoto County, the number of cases of COVID-19 reported rose by 41 to a total of 6,189 positive tests. There have been 75 people who have died related to coronavirus since the pandemic was declared in March. Health officials also report that DeSoto County has had 73 long-term care (LTC) outbreaks and 15 people who have died related to coronavirus in county LTC facilities.  

UPDATE: Tuesday, MSDH reported 714 additional cases of coronavirus in Mississippi, 14 new deaths and 128 additional outbreaks in long-term care facilities. DeSoto County added 49 new positive tests, but no new deaths. Numbers from the county’s long-term care facilities remained the same compared to Monday’s report.

CLICK HERE for the MSDH daily report.

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