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JACKSON, Miss. – The first week of school in Mississippi got off to a rocky start, as nearly 1,000 students tested positive for COVID-19.

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The numbers, released by the state’s Department of Health, also showed nearly 300 teachers and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during the week of Aug. 2-6, WLBT reported.

All elementary and secondary schools in the state are required to make weekly reports of COVID-19 reports and submit them to the state Department of Health, according to WAPT. Those numbers included the number of cases among students, teachers and staff members, the number of outbreaks and the number of teachers and students subjected to quarantine, the television station reported.

According to the data, 943 students tested positive, while 296 teachers and staff members also had positive results, WJTV reported. The data also showed that 69 outbreaks were reported at schools, according to the data.

Health officials said 4,435 students, along with 382 students and staff members, are quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, according to WAPT.

On Tuesday, state officials reported 3,488 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, along with 36 deaths, WJTV reported.

Greenwood High School in Greenwood had the most cases of positive tests with 150 in one week, according to WLBT. Magee High School in Magee had the largest number of quarantined students. There were 17 positive tests, which led to 426 students and 48 teachers and staff members being quarantined, the television station reported.

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