According to Mississippi's department of health data,18,825 students and 3,616 employees have tested positive for Covid-19 since schools began in August.
At least 2,869 students and 476 employees tested positive for the virus between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3, according to the health department.
Quarantine numbers that had been skyrocketing have finally begun a slight downward trend. Health data from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 shows there have been 15,398 students in Mississippi that have had to quarantine due to potential Covid-19 exposures. At least 23,450 students were quarantined from Aug. 23 to 27, though school reporting numbers and school openings were impacted due to Hurricane Ida.
Note: The case data comes from 72 out of 82 Mississippi counties that submitted reporting.