Over 20,000 Mississippi Students Placed in Coronavirus Quarantine After First Week of School

More than 20,000 students in Mississippi are in quarantine from exposure to the coronavirus, accounting for about 5 percent of the state’s public school pupils, according to state data.

As infection rates increase throughout the country because of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, the state has been hit particularly hard since students returned to classes Aug. 9.

There were 20,334 students in quarantine after the first week of school, which ended Friday, according to data from the State Health Department.

During that week, 4,521 students also contracted the coronavirus, bringing the total of students who have tested positive since the beginning of August to 5,933, the health department reported.

Teachers and staff members from the 803 schools from 74 counties that reported to the state also fared poorly.

State records show that 948 teachers and staff tested positive for Covid from Aug. 9 to Friday. A total of 1,496 teachers and staff members have contracted the coronavirus since the beginning of August. And as of the end of last week, 1,463 teachers and staff members were being quarantined because of exposure to the virus.

In Mississippi, less than 36 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, according to government data from earlier in the week.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Antonio Planas