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
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.