COVID-19 cases down in county schools


Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have decreased in Walker County schools.

Only eight students and six staff members were diagnosed with COVID-19 from Feb. 9 through Feb. 16, according to Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Willingham. A total of 323 were in quarantine — 297 students and 26 staff members.

The majority of students in quarantine were at Curry Elementary (60), Sumiton Elementary (41), Lupton Jr. High (38), Oakman Middle (36), Valley Jr. High (35), and Carbon Hill Jr. High (32).    

Out of the school system's nearly 7,000 students, only .11 percent were positive for COVID-19 as of Feb. 16. In addition, of 938 employees district-wide, only .6 percent were positive for COVID as of Tuesday.

Cases of COVID-19 are down from the week prior, Feb. 2 through Feb. 9, when 20 people (staff and students combined) were positive for COVID-19, and 396 were in quarantine.


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