Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Ordered Schools to Open, Now Hundreds of Teachers and Students Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves ordered schools to reopen on Aug. 4 even though the he state health officer and medical community told him to delay the opening because of the high spread of COVID-19 in the state, noted the Sun Herald.

Two weeks later, WAPT reports Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs told journalists that public schools have confirmed 199 COVID-19 cases among students and 245 among teachers.

School districts ordered 2,035 students and 589 teachers to self-quarantine themselves at home for two weeks, but thousands of Mississippi students returned to class on Aug. 17.

Gov. Reeves is requiring social distancing and masks at schools, introducing telehealth in schools, and expanding COVID-19 testing for teachers.

(Sources: Sun Herald, WAPT)

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