The Mississippi State Department of Health is releasing weekly data on coronavirus infections in schools.
This data is variable because it’s self-reported and the number of schools that report varies from week to week. As of Feb. 24, data provided by MSDH shows a total of at least 5,174 teachers, students and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in 2021.
Recent weeks in February have lower numbers of infections, though far fewer counties submitted data to MSDH for these weeks. For example, for the most recent week of Feb. 15-19, just 59 of the state’s 82 counties are included.
The number of total teachers, students, and staff to get sick hit its lowest point the week of Sept. 7-11 with 368 school-related infections. Since then, the total number infections in school has risen, though the number of schools that report in a given week varies.
Numbers appear to have peaked the week of Nov. 30 with 1,752 students, teachers and staff contracting COVID-19. There is no data from the last two weeks of December because schools were on holiday break.
For general COVID-19 Mississippi trends with daily case, death and hospitalization updates, as well as testing data charts and other helpful interactive maps and graphs, click here.