A high school in Mississippi ordered all of its 600 students to quarantine for 14 days due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the area.
"This week we have dealt with positive COVID cases in the Sumrall community that have been traced to events and activities outside the school setting. At this time, Sumrall High School has reached the (Mississippi State Department of Health) conditions to consider the dismissal of school," Lamar County Superintendent Steven Hampton said in the announcement.
Hampton shared that all extracurricular activities would be suspended. Throughout the school, students would participate in online learning until classes resume on October 29.
The Mississippi State Department of Health shared its weekly report on COVID-19 cases which showed the number of cases during the week of October 5 through October 9. There were 343 new COVID-19 cases among students and 185 among teachers during the week. Last week, the state saw many quarantined students and teachers, a total of 7,684.
Due to the high cases throughout the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed how concerned he is.
While the Midwest is continuing to see a surge in positive diagnoses, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, and Wyoming also saw their highest daily number of cases on October 16.
As a whole, the country is seeing more than 60,000 new cases each day, according to John Hopkins University.
These statistics don't bode well for the country as we head into winter.
"You can't enter into the cool months of the fall and the cold months of the winter with a high community infection baseline," Fauci said.
The nation's leading infectious disease expert continued to stress the importance of maintaining safety protocols like mask-wearing, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings to slow the spread of the novel virus.