Cleveland School District students returned to school, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Students and staff are required to wear masks. Credit: Vickie D. King/Mississippi Today Credit: Vickie D. King/Mississippi Today

Just as it did last school year, the Mississippi State Department of Health is releasing weekly data on coronavirus infections in schools.

These reports contain data about how many students, teachers and staff tested positive for the virus. The reports also show how many people are in quarantine in a given week, as well as how many outbreaks occurred at a school.

Though both public and private schools in all 82 counties are required to submit weekly reports to MSDH, many do not. Because this data is self-reported and not every school or district participates, the figures are variable from week to week.

This past week 1,633 students, teachers and staff tested positive for the coronavirus, according to MSDH. A total of 6,297 students and 258 teachers were in quarantine.

The week of Aug. 23-27 saw a dip in the total number of schools submitting information, as well as a lower number of infections. School reporting for that week was impacted by Hurricane Ida, according to MSDH.

Mississippi Today will update this page regularly with the weekly data provided by the health department.

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.

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Kayleigh Skinner joined the Mississippi Today team in January 2017 as an education and legislative reporter and advanced to a senior staff member in her four years with the company. Skinner most recently served as deputy managing editor before assuming the role of managing editor. Kayleigh has a bachelor’s in journalism from the School of Journalism and New Media from the University of Mississippi. Before joining Mississippi Today, Kayleigh worked at The Hechinger Report, Chalkbeat Tennessee, and The Commercial Appeal. She has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, and BBC Newsday Radio to discuss her reporting.