Education-related COVID-19 news dominates the Wayne County Report for August 10, 2020, and none of it is good.
A Mississippi teacher who was under self-quarantine with symptoms died this week — stoking fears that the district could see an outbreak of the contagion as students return to classrooms. Nacoma James, 42, who taught at Lafayette Middle School and was an assistant football coach for the district’s high school, died last week, said district superintendent Adam Pugh.
In-person classes were back in session across the district this week for the first time since March. James did not return to the classroom but had contact with students during football workouts “all summer,” Pugh said.
Meanwhile, nearly 100,000 children in the United States tested positive in the last two weeks of July according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Just over 97,000 children tested positive from July 16 to July 30, according to the association. More than 25 children died from COVID-19 in July alone.
Health officials across the country are urging school districts to make the transition to remote learning in order to protect staff and students despite pressures of reopening.
Also, Melissa Martinez, a kindergarten teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District has died due to complications from COVID-19 according to district officials. She was last on campus during the first week of June. She had just completed her sixth year with the district. Martinez’s passing is at least the third death of San Antonio-area educators due to COVID-19.
According to the August 9, 2020, countywide health reports, there were no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Taylor, holding the total number of cases to 869 this year, including 73 deaths.