MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — As most Gulf Coast schools complete the first week of school, state health officials are reporting an increase in COVID-19 in school-aged children.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says in Mobile County, more than 20 percent of cases in the last two weeks were children 0-17 years old.
The Mobile County Public School System has been releasing daily COVID-19 reports since the first day of school through Aug. 18.
In those six school days, Baker High School has seen the most COVID-19 cases, 48.
In all, there have been more than 570 cases of COVID-19 in students and staff. MCPSS says the number of those sick is out of 60,000 students and staff in the entire school system.
“You can go from 10 to 20 to 30 in days,” said Dr. Rendi Murphree with the Mobile County Health Department.
The school system has said previously they are disinfecting all areas of the school where the person has been after they’ve tested positive.
School leaders also ask the student or staff member to self-isolate and administrators inform anyone who has been near the infected individual.
The school system says the transmission rate at their schools is lower than the community transmission. What they are prioritizing right now – is to keep kids in school as long as they can, and they are asking the community to help, by wearing a mask, getting vaccinated if you can, wash your hands, and stay home if sick.
For a breakdown of the Mobile County Public School System’s daily COVID reports, click here.