Virus cases reported at Southaven, Lewisburg schools

DeSoto County School District (DCS) officials reported that positive cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, were discovered Thursday, Aug. 20 at schools in Southaven and Lewisburg. 

The reports follow the first positive report of the virus on Wednesday at Hernando High School. 

This is the first week for classes to be in session in Mississippi’s largest public school district.  

Officials confirmed one individual case at Lewisburg Middle School and two individual cases at Southaven High School, one of the largest high schools in Mississippi. In both announcements, DCS would not identify the infected persons as being students, teachers, or staff members.  

“No other individuals were quarantined by the Mississippi State Department of Health as a result of the person’s positive test,” said the DCS statement about the Lewisburg Middle School case discovery.  

Concerning the Southaven High School reports, the district said, “Two individuals in separate classes at Southaven High School have tested positive for COVID-19. Parents with a child in a class with the individuals were contacted with information from the Mississippi State Department of Health.”

The statement went on to say individuals in close contacts at Southaven High School were given quarantine instructions from MSDH.  

Supt. Cory Uselton said Thursday morning the district would provide weekly updates on the number of cases discovered at the various attendance centers. The updated numbers would be made available before 12 noon each Monday morning on the DeSoto County Schools website

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