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11 Student COVID-19 cases now reported in Dawson County, 130 quarantined
Photo courtesy of Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a weekly COVID-19 report issued by the Dawson County School System, 11 students have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while 128 students have been placed in quarantine for a span of two weeks.

The report states that two school staff members have also tested positive during the past week, and have been placed in quarantine. 

Following this announcement, Dawson County School Superintendant Damon Gibbs told the Dawson County News that these new cases are spread across the district and are not isolated to one school or area. 

Gibbs said that each of the new cases has unique circumstances, and have come from both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. 

“We are looking for trends and we are watching the data,” Gibbs said. “We’re going to watch the numbers, not just of the school system, but at the county level, and we’re taking the advice of the Department of Public Health while meeting the needs of our students.”

Late last week the school system issued a statement to parents in the district, warning them to keep their students at home, if they are awaiting COVID-19 test results.