Mississippi Quarantines 20,000 Students, 6000 COVID+

The Mississippi Free Press reports:

More than 20,000 students in Mississippi were quarantined due to coronavirus exposures over the past week, according to Mississippi state health department data released Tuesday. Nearly 6,000 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks, and two have died.

The state health department reported only 199 at the same point in August 2020, compared with this year’s 5,993.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves opposes mask mandates in schools. The situation and the deaths of at least two teenagers from COVID-19 since late July has led to increased calls for Gov. Tate Reeves to reverse his opposition to a statewide mask mandate and take aggressive action to stem the viral tide.

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