COVID update: Lincoln crosses 7K mark; new school updates

Published 5:00 pm Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced 12,711 new positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The numbers were for the three-day period of Jan. 21-23. Thirteen deaths were also reported during that time. Mississippi has recorded 694,093 cases and 10,734 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.

Lincoln County’s case total has crossed the 7,000 mark to 7,003, and deaths have climbed to 142. 

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For the reporting week of Jan. 10-14 — the most recent available — 678 schools in 71 counties reported test results and quarantine numbers to MSDH. Among teachers and staff, 2,465 tested positive during the week; 9,642 students tested positive. There were 391 outbreaks reported and more than 25,100 people were quarantined.

In the Brookhaven School District, five campuses made reports. Mamie Martin Elementary reported 1-5 positive tests in teachers or staff and 16 positive results for students. Three teachers and 65 students were quarantined. Eleven teachers/staff and 22 students have tested positive in 2022.

Brookhaven Elementary reported 1-5 positive teacher/staff tests and 13 positive student tests. Thirteen Alexander Junior High students tested positive.

Thirty-eight Brookhaven High students and 1-5 faculty/staff tested positive. Fannie L. Mullins Alternative School reported zero new cases for the week.

In the Lincoln County School District, Bogue Chitto, Loyd Star and West Lincoln Attendance Centers made reports. Bogue Chitto reported nine positive tests in teachers/staff and 80 in students. 

Loyd Star reported 1-5 staff positive tests and 49 students with COVID. West Lincoln reported eight positive students and 50 positive tests in staff/teachers.

In neighboring counties:

  • Lawrence County schools reported 1-5 positive test cases in teachers and/or staff at each of the following campuses: Lawrence County High, Topeka Tilton Attendance Center, Monticello Elementary and the LCSD County Office. LCHS had 16 positive students; MES had 13; Topeka Tilton had 1-5; and New Hebron Attendance Center reported eight.
  • Amite County Elementary School has had 1-5 teachers or staff test positive and eight students. 
  • Wesson Attendance Center reported 1-5 teachers or staff and 45 students testing positive for the week. Seven teachers/staff and 271 students were quarantined. 
  • Jefferson County schools have had 58 students and 15-20 teachers/staff test positive in January. 
  • Pike County has reported at least 12 positive cases in teachers/staff in all its schools, and at least 106 in students.
  • At least two positive cases in faculty/staff and 25 cases in students have been reported in Walthall County schools.