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Coronavirus US: 116 students in Mississippi town sent home

More than 100 students have been sent home to quarantine for 14 days after six students and a staff member at a Mississippi school district tested positive for COVID-19.

The studets and member of staff tested positive with the virus at the Corinth School District, just a week after in-person classes resumed, according to spokesperson Taylor Coombs. 

Coombs added that 116 students who had been in ‘close contact’ with a positive case have been sent home to quarantine, CNN reports. 

The district has a student population of 2700.  

In a letter posted to their Facebook on Wednesday, the district shared that an individual tested positive at Corinth Middle School while an employee at Corinth Elementary School also tested positive. 

The district notified parents who had children who had been in close contact with the infected people. They have been told to quarantine. 

Students who are quarantining are not allowed to participate in school activities, the district said in the letter.   

 In-person classes resumed in the Corinth School District on July 27. 

Parents were able to decide whether to allow their children to return for a traditional attendance schedule or do virtual learning. Those choosing to do the virtual learning model can only do so after nine weeks, according to the district.

Everyone is screened upon entering buildings with daily temperature checks and staff must also disclose whether they have shown symptoms of the virus.  

All staff, parents and volunteers must have on face coverings when in school buildings and teachers must wear one whenever they interact with students. 

As of Wednesday, Mississippi has 63,444 confirmed cases with 1,804 deaths, according to the state’s department of health. 

The state has the fifth highest recorded case count per 100,000 people, behind Louisiana, Arizona, Florida and New York. 

According to John Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project, the state also has the nation’s highest test positivity rate at a weekly average of 25.8 per cent.  

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