Social distancing, masks and constant hand sanitizing has helped stop the spread across DCS classrooms, according to health reports. 

Thirty-four new COVID-19 cases were reported today by DeSoto County Schools. 23 students and 11 faculty members tested positive between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11 across the largest school district in the state.

Following potential exposure to an infected person, 175 additional students were quarantined.

According to the data released by the district, 13 of the 14 positive cases at Lewisburg High School were student-athletes from the same sports team. 

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the district to119, and the total number of those quarantined since the start of the school year to 596, according to data from the state.

There are more cases this week than last week, when 28 new cases were reported across the district. 

DeSoto County Schools is the largest district in the state of Mississippi with over 30,000 students. About 13,000 of those students chose to start the semester by attending classes virtually.

The numbers released by the district do not include private schools in the county or students who are quarantined by the Mississippi State Department of Health for situations unrelated to schools.

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