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Dawson County Schools officials: COVID-19 cases in schools at an “all-time low” for semester
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The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Jessica Taylor

At the Oct. 5 meeting of the Dawson County Board of Education, Superintendent Damon Gibbs updated the board members on the latest COVID-19 case numbers in the district and the continued precautions school staff and students are taking. 

Gibbs said that the reported positive cases are much lower than they have been since the start of the school year, which began with 90 reported cases when the system started recording the numbers on Aug. 20. 

“Our Covid positive cases that are reported to us are about at an all-time low for the school year,” Gibbs said. “We have five students and one staff member currently, and those numbers have trended in our favor very quickly.”

Gibbs said that, while the numbers continue to trend down, school administrators aren’t letting up on the preventative measures that staff and students are taking to keep that number low. 

“We’re on the other side of the worst part of that and fortunate to be there, so we’re continuing with all of our cleaning and our services,” Gibbs said. 

Gibbs added that, with flu season approaching, he and other school administrators will be keeping an eye on the number of flu cases in the school system too. 

“I had a board of health meeting this morning and we talked about the possibility of flu this year; as you know last year we had very little flu,” Gibbs said. “This year the emergency room physician {on the board of health} said that they have seen a steady influx of flu cases of Flu A this year, so it may be a different kind of year than we had last year.” 

Gibbs said that the school system will continue to take every precaution possible to prevent both flu and covid cases as low as possible in the district.

“We’re gonna continue to clean our surfaces and encourage our kids to wash their hands and be safe and hopefully we will have a mild flu season,” Gibbs said.