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Three-quarters of Mississippi schools are now reporting COVID-19 statistics

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The Mississippi State Health Department is receiving COVID-19 updates from about three-quarters of the state’s more than 1,100 schools.

During Gov. Tate Reeves live news conference Tuesday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said that 720 schools in 74 counties had reported updates Monday, up from 450 schools the previous week.

“They’ve been doing great,” Dobbs said.

Schools not holding in-person classes are not required to report, and some schools have yet to begin their fall semester, so the reporting percentage may be considerably higher.

“I think what you’ll see is, of the schools that are actually open for in-class learning, my guess is that’s about 90-plus percent reporting, maybe even much higher than that,” Reeves said.

Schools are required to report updates to MSDH every Monday by noon. The agency posted its first report of COVID-19 school statistics by county Tuesday for the week of Aug. 17 to Aug. 21.

During that week, schools reported 144 new teacher cases with 584 teachers quarantined, and 292 new student cases with 3,913 students quarantined across the state. Since classes began, 897 teachers and students have tested positive for the virus and a total of 31 school outbreaks have been reported.

The Vicksburg Warren County School District reported three cases among teachers and staff at Southpark Elementary School and no student cases. The district’s weekly updates will be posted on its website every Monday afternoon.

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession

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A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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