20 cases of COVID-19 reported in county schools last week


Walker County Schools continue to report a low percentage of COVID-19 cases, yet more have self-quarantined as a precautionary measure.

Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood provided the Daily Mountain Eagle with the school system’s latest coronavirus statistics for the week of Oct. 5-9.

Approximately 18 students were positive for COVID-19 last week (.26 percent of the school system’s student population). An additional 187 students (2.7 percent) were in self-quarantine last week due to close contact exposure.

Two staff members in the school system tested positive for coronavirus last week, and 26 staff members (2.8 percent of overall staff) were in quarantine due to close contact exposure. 

Margaret Guthrie, director of health services for the Walker County Board of Education, confirmed to the DME that some of the school system’s child nutrition program employees made up the 2.8 percent of staff members in quarantine.

“These numbers are still very low given the total population of faculty, staff, and students,” Hagood said. “The cases are higher at our high schools. This is understandable given a large percentage of these students have their own vehicles and are more social and active in extracurricular activities.”

Students in Walker County Schools remain on a four-day school week schedule, with each Wednesday reserved as a deep cleaning day. Other students remain virtual-only learners.