Local school districts reporting lower COVID-19 cases as some districts drop mask requirement

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — The latest data from school systems across the Wiregrass Friday evening continued to suggest a welcome decrease of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff.

Each week, lead nurses at school systems are required to report data on COVID-19 within the district to the Alabama Department of Public Health.  That information is then provided on the K-12 ADPH dashboard.

Here is a breakdown provided by school systems this week:

COFFEE COUNTY SCHOOLS – 16

DALE COUNTY SCHOOLS – 7 

DALEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS – <5 

DOTHAN CITY SCHOOLS – 19 

ELBA CITY SCHOOLS – <5

ENTERPRISE CITY SCHOOLS – 23 

GENEVA CITY SCHOOLS – 6 

GENEVA COUNTY SCHOOLS   – 5

HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS – 6

HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS – 14

OZARK CITY SCHOOLS – 8

The data available Friday suggested the lowest number of COVID-19 cases since school systems began mandated reporting at the beginning of the school year.

This week, Daleville City, Elba City, and Geneva County Schools indicated five or fewer than five COVID-19 cases.  Other districts reported fewer than ten COVID-19 cases.  Enterprise City Schools reported 23 cases, the highest number of cases of Wiregrass school districts. That district has a lower number of cases compared to last week, however.

On Thursday, superintendents for Houston County Schools and Dothan City Schools announced they were dropping the mask requirement for their respective districts. 

On Friday, Geneva County Schools superintendent Becky Birdsong announced masks will no longer be required inside school buildings beginning Monday.  Geneva City Schools dropped the requirement two weeks ago.

Henry County Schools superintendent Lori Beasley told WDHN Friday evening that the mask requirement will be discussed at the Henry County Board of Education work session Monday.

Districts dropping the mask mandate will be required to conduct contact tracing after any positive cases are identified and report that information to the state.

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