During the Dawson County Board of Education’s Sept. 14 meeting, board members were given an update on the district’s number of positive COVID-19 cases and the encouraging turn that the numbers have taken since the beginning of the school year.
According to Superintendent Damon Gibbs, the number of total positive cases in the district have gone down in the past couple of weeks.
“I don’t want to be too overly confident by any means, but we have seen a downturn in the number of cases that we’re dealing with at the district level,” Gibbs said during the meeting. “I can tell you that as of today, we have 27 positive student cases and 5 staff cases; that’s down significantly from where we were.”
Since the system began posting the numbers, the total cases fluctuated up and down but have now gone down from a total of 90 cases on Aug. 20 to 32 cases on Sept. 14.
Gibbs said that not only have the district’s numbers gone down, but he has also been in contact with officials in the health department who have said that the numbers are following suit in the county.
“We also get an update from the county department of health each week and the number in the county overall downturned last week,” Gibbs said.
After starting back to classes in the beginning of August, the school system saw a spike in the number of students and staff that tested positive for the virus. Beginning on Aug. 20, the district posted the total number of daily student and staff cases on its website each afternoon.
Gibbs said while he is still cautious about the numbers, he is optimistic and hopeful that the number of cases will continue to trend downwards.
“That trend is going in a good direction for us, and my hope is that it continues to do so,” Gibbs said.