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There are 20,000 kids in Mississippi who are quarantined because of COVID-19

After the first week of school, more than 20,000 kids are now in quarantine to stay safe from COVID-19

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A Samaritan’s Purse staff member walks out of one of four wards that are part of the 32-bed Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital.

A Samaritan’s Purse staff member walks out of one of four wards that are part of the 32-bed Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital set up in one of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s parking garages, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, on the Jackson, Miss., campus.

Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press

Close to 20,000 students in Mississippi have been forced into quarantine because of the coronavirus spread in the state, NBC News reports. This happened after only the first week of school.

How many kids are in quarantine in Mississippi?

Per NBC News, there are 20,334 students in quarantine after the first week of school, which ended last week.

  • 4,251 students were infected with the coronavirus during that week.
  • 948 teachers and staff tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of the first school week, too.

The jump is pretty significant. Back on Aug. 12, there were 4,400 children under quarantine due to the spread of COVID-19, according to CNN.

  • This happened right before the start of the school year.
  • Some counties had started school already when these cases were revealed, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Mississippi and its rising COVID-19 cases

Mississippi has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the entire United States. Mississippi health department figures show that about 36% of the state’s total population is vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.

  • The state has seen a massive increase in COVID-19 cases recently, too, rising by 123% in the last two weeks, according to Newsweek.
  • The state has an infection rate of 110 people per 100,000, which is the second-highest rate in the country, Newsweek reports.